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Schoolboy, 16, dies of heart attack on football pitch

TRAGIC: On location: The Bexleyheath Academy and Goals Soccer Centre in south-east London

A 16-YEAR-OLD schoolboy, described as ‘one of the most gifted sportsmen in his year,’ died after collapsing while playing football with friends.

Philip Lamin of Bexleyheath, south-east London, is thought to have had a heart attack while playing in a friendly at a local Goals Soccer Centre, which is used by his school Bexleyheath Academy.

The ambulance service was immediately called and paramedics arrived within 10 minutes and attempts were made to resuscitate him at the scene. Philip was pronounced dead at 6pm last night (Feb 6) at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, south-east London.

Bexleyheath Academy Principal Carl Wakefield said Philip’s fellow students have decided that a quiet area of school grounds should be dedicated in his memory.

Mr Wakefield said: “Philip was a lovely lad who was very popular with his fellow students and with staff. He was one of the most gifted sportsmen in his year. He had a wonderful smile.

“Students and staff are shocked and deeply saddened by the news. All students have been informed of our grievous loss at assemblies this morning and have been a credit to the Academy.”

Friend Ishmael Edwards wrote on Facebook: “I can't believe that I've heard that this guy is gone. Philip Lamin - the guy that was always cracking jokes, especially on the football pitch during church matches.

“He always made me laugh. You were growing up to be a great man. You've made your mum so proud. We thank God for the progress you've made in life. We'll all miss you dearly.”

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