Teen Dies after Playing Basketball at Life Time Fitness


A Michigan teen collapsed Tuesday while playing basketball at a Life Time Fitness center and later died at a nearby hospital.

Bryson Salem, 18, collapsed at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Life Time in the Detroit suburb of Commerce Township, MI, according to the Oakland County (MI) Medical Examiner’s Office as reported by the Detroit Free Press. Salem was taken to Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m., the newspaper reported.

“Our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the Salem family in light of this tragedy, which is weighing heavily on our hearts and minds,” Jason Thunstrom, vice president of public relations and corporate communications at Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, said in an updated statement sent today to Club Industry. “We currently are collaborating with local authorities to assist with their investigation. The preliminary results of our internal investigation indicate a very rapid response by the Life Time team, both in contacting 911 and engaging our internal emergency response team. In spite of these efforts, we join with the local community in mourning this tragic loss.”

Salem’s father told the newspaper his son had recently undergone a check-up and had no pre-existing medical conditions. An autopsy is pending. Visitation was Wednesday, and the funeral was scheduled to take place earlier today.

Salem, a Commerce Township native, graduated from Walled Lake Central High School and was a freshman at the University of Detroit studying pre-dentistry, according to the Free Press.

“Just pray for him, that’s all,” his father told the newspaper Wednesday.

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