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Boy, 13, dies after collapsing at Compton school

September 28, 2010 |  5:51 pm

A 13-year-old boy died Tuesday after collapsing at Whaley Middle School in Compton, authorities said.

The seventh-grader was walking from one class to another when he collapsed shortly before 9 a.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Authorities said the death did not appear to be related to the heat and did not involve athletic activity.

"He apparently had a heart condition," said Lt. Robert Peacock of the Compton sheriff's station.

The county coroner's office will determine an official cause of death.

-- Robert J. Lopez