Autopsy: Robertsdale Student Died from Blood Clot

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (AP) - A preliminary autopsy shows that a Robertsdale High sophomore died from a blood clot in his lung that was caused by a football injury.

Baldwin County Coroner Jim Small said the preliminary results show 16-year-old Matthew Lanzer died after blunt-force trauma to his right leg caused a blood clot. The clot then broke free and traveled to his lungs.

Until today, Matthew's family was unsure what caused him to die at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope Saturday morning. There had been speculation that he died from complications of a spider bite received a few weeks ago. The autopsy did not mention the spider bite.

School officials said about 1,200 Robertsdale High students attended a memorial service at a morning assembly in the school's auditorium this morning.

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