Team Mourns Sudden Death of 23-Year-Old Athlete, 'Tonsillitis' Turned Out to be Rare Infection

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November 01, 2018Nov 01, 2018

The devastating news was reported on Thursday, November 1 that a college athlete has passed away under strange circumstances. Samantha Scott, a 23-year-old rower from Kansas State University, died from a rare bacterial infection.

According to PEOPLE, Scott began experiencing pain and swelling in her throat around two weeks ago. The student-athlete brushed off the symptoms as tonsillitis. Sadly, it was much worse than that.

Samantha Scott eventually went to the hospital, and doctors confirmed that she was experiencing Lemierre’s syndrome. Lemierre’s is a rare infection that moves throughout the body, starting in the throat. Doctors are unsure of how this disease develops, but they do know that antibiotics are needed almost immediately.

Sadly, by the time Samantha made it to the hospital, it was too late. The student with an architectural engineering major passed away on Saturday.

Rowing coach Patrick Sweeney said, “Samantha was a great leader for our program and more importantly a great person. She was so well-liked by all of her teammates and had such a big impact on our program both on and off the water.”

Friend Kennidi Cobbley said, “She could cheer you up if you were having a bad day, and just going to practice was like being with your family and being with someone who was always upbeat and happy.”

The rowing team said, “We are absolutely heartbroken by the passing of senior coxswain Samantha Scott. She was a tremendous leader for our K-State Rowing family and more importantly a great person. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family through this difficult time.

Please be praying for Samantha's family, friends, and teammates during this incredibly difficult time. This sudden death must have brought an immense grief to her loved ones. Share your prayers here. In other recent news, a fitness pro and trainer to the stars was just found dead at the age 42.