Jovante Woods, Ickey Woods' Son, Dies From Asthma Attack
Woods, a student at Princeton High School, was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday after someone reportedly called 911 on his behalf. The Woods family told kypost.com that Jovante went for about 30 minutes without oxygen. He was treated at the intensive care unit of the hospital where he was placed on a ventilator, but showed no signs of improvement.
"Earlier (Saturday), test results again showed no improvement and no brain activity and he was not responsive to touch. A final set of tests were done at 8 p.m. this evening, at approximately 8:30, Javonte's battle ended," Princeton High School athletic director Scott Kaufman told kypost.com.
Woods was about to begin his junior year at Princeton on Monday and play in his third season of varsity football at cornerback. He practiced with the varsity team earlier in the day Wednesday and left the school around 10:30 a.m., school spokesman Tom O'Neill told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
"According to his family, Jovante began to feel tightness in his chest before he collapsed," O'Neill told the Cincinnati Enquirer in a statement. He had reportedly struggled with asthma attacks throughout his life.
Jovante, the second-youngest of Ickey Woods' six children, had excelled in the classroom with a 3.8 GPA. "He was just a great kid. You can't come up with enough superlatives to describe him," varsity football coach Bill Leach said.
Ickey Woods is currently the head coach of a women's full-contact football team, the Cincinnati Sizzle, and he also runs the Ickey Woods Youth Foundation.