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Minnesota prep football star reportedly dies while running from an underage drinking party

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Dawson (Minn.)-Boyd High senior running back Michael Anyasike
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Dawson (Minn.)-Boyd High senior running back Michael Anyasike reportedly died this past weekend while fleeing a party. (Twitter)

The body of a Minnesota prep football star was found in a nearby field hours after he fled an underage drinking party, according to a Minneapolis Star Tribune report. The cause of his death is unkown.

When law enforcement officials discovered roughly 20 vehicles parked on a farm outside Madison, Minn., Dawson (Minn.)-Boyd High senior running back Michael Anyasike fled along with several other attendees around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to the report. The following afternoon, emergency personnel discovered Anyasike's body, and he was pronounced dead at Madison Hospital. He was 18.

Anyasike averaged 8.3 yards per carry, amassing 1,260 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground this past season. He led the Blackjacks to a 12-2 record and the Class A state championship game. He also ran track for Dawson-Boyd. Anyasike reportedly planned to attend St. John's University in the fall.

"As an athlete, he was very hard-working and a great kid to coach," Dawson-Boyd coach Corey Larson told the Marshall Independent. "His teammates are going to miss him as a friend. He was the type of guy that I would expect to have big conversations with as he came back from college and stay in contact. His teammates have holes in their hearts that may never be healed. He left them with some good memories that, hopefully, they will be able to hang on to."

The school walls are reportedly lined with a photo memorial of Anyasike, and Dawson-Boyd superintendent Brad Madsen told the Star Tribune he expects the memorial service to be host by the school district. "We're anticipating the school district will host the service," he said. "It will be very big, a very big event."

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