ALTO, TX (KTRE) - Cardiac arrest is what an autopsy said killed 16-year-old Cam'ron Matthews. Initial reports a few months back said it was an aneurysm that killed the young man.
The Alto football player collapsed at a football game on October 16th and died a day later in Tyler. Cam'ron's family said this revelation doesn't change the way they view the sport their son loved.
"At the same time, you still lost your son, so it's hard either way," Ronnie Matthews, Cam'ron's father said.
According to Cam'ron's autopsy, he died from a cardiac arrest caused by trauma to the head. The news came as surprise for some who knew him well.
"He's one of the most outstanding students that I ran across," said Ronald Williams, a member of Cam'ron's church. "When I first heard the news, I was shocked and upset, too. When playing football, this is just one of those things that happens."
Cam'ron's family found out about his actual cause of death a couple of days ago. His father Ronnie said he and Cam'ron would often talk about the dangers of football.
"You know there's a chance that you can receive an injury, but that's a chance that you take," Ronnie said. "You know, our son, he really loved football. He wouldn't want us to cast a dark shadow on football."
Cam'ron's passion for the sport overpowered any possible chance of fear.
"If he could come back today, he would still want to play," Ronnie said. "Everybody won't get to die doing what they love to do. He actually died doing what he loved to do."
Months after losing his only son, Ronnie said his family has gained strength in their faith.
"Our faith is probably stronger now than it was," he said. "Just going through the loss of a child, you have to lean on God, and without God, I don't think either one of us would've made it."
Cam'ron's death has changed the way the Matthews family looks at life.
"We look at it as God was calling our son home," Ronnie said. This happened to be the stage that it was on."