OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. — Authorities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast said a high school football player who started his prep career in Baton Rouge died after being taken to a hospital from a Friday night game.

Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus told The Sun Herald that D’Iberville High School football player Latrell “Fred” Dunbar was pronounced dead at 9:50 p.m. Friday at Ocean Springs Hospital.

Broadus told FoxNews.com that Dunbar’s death was caused by a form of heart failure and classified it as an “acute cardiac event.” Broadus said what triggered the event is unknown.

Dunbar, a junior running back, started his career at Glen Oaks High two years ago and transferred when his family moved to Mississippi just a few weeks later, said GOHS coach Landry Williams.

“He was a guy who played on the JV team,” Williams said. “I remember him being a real hard worker and a kid with a nice smile. It (Dunbar’s death) is so sad.”

D’Iberville went on to defeat Gautier, 17-14.

WLOX-TV reports Dunbar was given CPR on the field before the medics arrived.