|Maurice Bey (Photo by: Kaleb Lamb, Maurice's coach)|
On Tuesday, fifteen year old Maurice Bey was playing basketball in a New Kent County, Virginia basketball court with his friends. Maurice is said to have had a passion for the game and was quite gifted at it. He collapsed while sitting on a bench, fell forward, and went into a cardiac arrest. His friends began CPR and and 911 was called For a short time, his friends did get a pulse back. Maurice was pronounced dead later at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. His final cardiac arrest is said to have taken place shortly after he entered VCU Medical Center. Maurice is a very well liked young man who will be remembered for his smile. His team played and won a game last evening in his honor.
Of course, no one can speak with complete authority as to what happened until the autopsy is complete, but of course, the sudden passing of Maurice has all the earmarks of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome.
This coming November it will be seven years since our own Daniel collapsed. went into a cardiac arrest, and despite immediate CPR, died at twelve and a half. At the time, we were told that a sudden arrhythmic death is "a one in a million shot". This seems not to be true. Each year, we meet more and more families who have most a child, a husband, a wife or someone else to a sudden heart rhythm disturbance. Most often, the afflicted are people who are not known to have any prior medical issues.
Tonight, my prayers are with the family of Maurice Bey and his friends. May God hold you tightly in this difficult time. May your faith be strong as you come to accept that Maurice is safely at home with God. I am so sorry for your loss.
UPDATE: July 20, 2015
A candlelight vigil will be held for Maurice on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, from 6-8pm in Quinton Park, according to the New Kent Charles City Chronicle.
People are being encouraged to bring white helium balloons to be released following the vigil.
An additional memorial will be held on Saturday, July 25th at New Kent High School.
They also add that a Go Fund Me account has been created by family and friends in order to help cover the funeral expenses. You can go to the site at:
There has been no mention of an autopsy or of autopsy results in any public or social media forums.