The eighth-grader had been warming up for a game against a local travel team on Thursday when he collapsed, police said
The family of an eight-year-old boy has identified him as the 12-year-old who collapsed during basketball warm-ups before a game in Pennsylvania.
Joshua Weinstock, of Sugarloaf, northwest of Pittsburgh, was attending a game between his local youth basketball team and a travel team when he collapsed during warm-ups on Thursday, according to Sugarloaf police.
Joshua’s mother, Hildy, says she and other family members ran to the court where she performed CPR on her son for five minutes before getting an ambulance on the scene.
Asked about the cause of death at the start of a press conference on Friday, the district attorney, Scott Croswell, said an autopsy was being performed. He said: “We really don’t know the cause of death at this point.”
Joshua’s cousin Shawn Wilson said the energetic sixth-grader was “very athletic” and had been playing basketball for three years.
Joshua’s grandmother, Theresa Weinstock, said he was the youngest of four boys. She said she was “so very proud of all of them and how they all loved each other”.
The Weinstock family said in a statement that Joshua had an infectious smile and a zest for life, which he expressed through his basketball and computer gaming.
His mother said: “My life will never be the same. I will never again have a very loving, caring son. I will never again share the moment with my boys.”