Hahnville High basketball player found unresponsive at practice, dies at hospital

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 26, 2010

HAHNVILLE – St. Charles Parish school officials are still awaiting results of an autopsy for a Hahnville High School basketball player, who died Thursday night after he was found unresponsive by his teammates during a practice at the school gym.

De’Vante Alexander, 17, a junior at the school from Luling who played on the junior varsity team, was taking a break during practice Thursday night and laid down on his stomach. When teammates got up to continue practice, Alexander did not join them and remained on the ground. That’s when they found him unresponsive.

An assistant coach performed CPR on Alexander while waiting for emergency medical technicians to arrive. He was transported to St. Charles Parish Hospital in Luling, where he later died, according to St. Charles School District Spokeswoman Rochelle Cancienne-Touchard.