Basketball Tributes Left Out For WA Boy Who Collapsed, Died
Basketballs and shoes are being left at front doors as a tribute to the nine-year-old boy who collapsed and died while playing in the under 11 state championships in Perth.
Tyreez Mundroina was coming off the court during a scheduled break playing with his Lakeside Lightning team when he collapsed at Warwick Stadium just before 11am on Saturday.
Family and friends rushed to revive him until an ambulance arrived and transferred the boy to Joondalup Hospital where he later died.
He would have celebrated his 10th birthday this Sunday.
The family of Tyreez put out a statement Sunday, clarifying he had no pre-existing medical conditions.
"They want to thank all families and staff of Lakeside Basketball for their immense love and support and a special thank you to Wesley College in South Perth for making him the awesome boy he was, and teaching him the core values that took him through his short-lived life," the statement read.
Lakeside Lightning director Steve Bezant said the community was shocked and saddened by the tragedy.
"We are dealing with the fact that one of our young players - a valued member of our community - has had his life taken in such a tragic way at such a young age," he said in a statement.
"We are all devastated right now and can only imagine what the family are going through at this moment.
"Our focus is to do everything we can to support them and the rest of the Lakeside community, who we know will be hurting as well."
Basketball WA chief executive Rob Clement said counselling and support was available for volunteers, the club and anyone else in the community who needed it.
The Perth Wildcats tweeted: "Our thoughts are with the family of the boy who died today after collapsing at Warwick Stadium. Stand together, WA basketball family."
Thoughts of the entire organisation remain with the family of the young player who passed away after collapsing on the court yesterday. pic.twitter.com/xlczZnazlq— Perth Wildcats (@PerthWildcats) December 4, 2016
Families have also begun posting tributes on social media, including photographs of basketballs and shoes at their front door.
Nellie Valentine wrote: "Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and club."
Fleur Thornton posted: "So sad. RIP little guy and keep swishing those hoops."
Emma Craven wrote: "No words - RIP beautiful boy. Stay strong basketball family."
His death is now subject to a coronial investigation.
- AAP and WAtoday