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High school football player injured in 2012 game dies

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published February 19, 2014 at 9:20 a.m. Updated February 19, 2014 at 9:29 a.m.

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Star City teammates hold up a banner in tribute to Zack Towers in this Nov. 9, 2012 file photo.

A Star City linebacker who suffered a serious head injury in a 2012 football game has died.

Pulaski County coroner Gerone Hobbs said Zack Towers, 19, died shortly before 4 a.m. at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

The official cause of death hasn't been determined, but Hobbs said it was related to Towers' ongoing medical problems.

Towers collapsed from a head injury Nov. 1, 2012. He later underwent brain surgery and spent several weeks at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

Towers was released from the hospital in late 2012, but supporters said he had a long path to recovery.

The most recent posting appearing Wednesday morning on the "Prayers for Zack Towers" Facebook page was on Jan. 28.

"Please remember to pray for him," the posting said. "We still have a long way to go."

Star City High School officials say they learned Wednesday morning of Towers' death and were still working on plans for a memorial at the school.

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