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Student dies on 16th birthday after hit by softball in gym class

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A California high school student dropped dead on his 16th birthday Wednesday after a softball struck him in the chest in gym class.

Taylor Dorman was playing "Over the Line," an improvised softball game, when he was hit with the ball around 11:40 a.m., Ramona High School principal Tony Newman told Fox 5 San Diego.

Mr. Newman said the sophomore complained of his chest hurting just moments before he collapsed.

A helicopter transported the student to Palomar Medical Center where he died, Fox 5 reports.

Students and faculty gathered at the school Wednesday evening to mourn Mr. Dorman's death.

"We had planned our lives together. We were going to play football for another two years and then join the military," said Chris Hartness, one of Mr. Dorman's best friends. "Now that's all gone."

The cause of the teenager's death was not immediately released, Fox 5 reports.

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