Coroner says Kentucky cheerleader's death in February caused by strep

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Kentucky Town In Shock After Cheerleader Dies Before Competition

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A strep infection caused the death of a 13-year-old Kentucky cheerleader who suddenly fell ill before a competition in February, according to a coroner’s report.

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Lilliana Schalck, of Fort Thomas, died Feb. 23 as she prepared for a cheerleading competition in Columbus, Ohio. The teen told teammates she felt sick and her limbs tingled, WCPO reported. The eighth-grader at Highlands Middle School died less than two hours later at a hospital, the television station reported.

Explore>> Kentucky town in shock after cheerleader, 13, dies before competition

According to report released by the Franklin County Coroner's Office, Lilliana died from a Group A Beta-hemolytic Streptococcus infection, WLWT reported.

“Apparently, an underlying Strep infection overwhelmed her immune system with little or no warning, and catastrophic results," the Schalck family said in a written statement Friday. “We wouldn't wish this nightmare on anyone and maybe this report might help prevent a similar outcome for someone else.

“Lilliana would surely help if she could, and this is just an extension of that spirit."

Lilliana’s family said they remained “in shock” over the girl’s sudden death.

"We are forever heartbroken and appreciate the respect we have been given so far, and ask that to continue as we focus on her life and legacy, as well as our life without her — however unwelcome it is," family members said in their statement.

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