17-Year-Old Basketball Player Dies Suddenly at Home, Coroner Reports Cause of Death

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A 17-year-old high school athlete died suddenly and unexpectedly last week.

An obituary for Max Sorenson of Gillette, Wyoming, said he died Dec. 26 “due to complications from injuries sustained playing basketball.”

Paul Wallem, the Campbell County coroner, reported the cause of death as peritonitis, an infection of the tissue that lines the abdomen, according to a report Friday in the Gillette News Record.

The news outlet reported Sorenson, a junior at Thunder Basin High School, suffered an injury during a Dec. 17 game against Rock Springs, but it did not specify the nature of the injury.

The Cowboy State Daily reported the young man “suffered a medical event at his home … and was pronounced deceased at Campbell Memorial Hospital.”

“Max had an incredible work ethic and was very disciplined,” his obituary said. “His focus was evidenced by his achievements at school, on the basketball court, at church and in his social activities.

“Even more important than those successes were his welcoming smile, kind eyes, curly locks and loving personality, which made friendship with him easy and comfortable and was felt by everyone.”

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