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MORGANTON, NC (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy has died while exercising with his teammates on a football team for homeschooled children in North Carolina.

Paramedics said someone called 911 on Thursday evening and said a teen had collapsed from the heat. Authorities say Luke Killian died a short time later at the hospital.

Killian played for the Morganton Mountaineers, a football team made up of children ages 12 to 18 who are taught at home.

Mountaineers Coach Doug Deitz told The News-Herald of Morganton that several of his players decided to practice on their own Thursday and Killian collapsed as they warmed up with sit-ups and lunges.

Even though Thursday was humid with temperatures in the 80s, Deitz doesn't think heat problems caused Killian's death. He hoped an autopsy would help determine what killed his player.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press)

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