GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grandville high school hockey player who was found dead at his home Friday morning passed away from natural causes, according to the Kent County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Ryan Scott Fischer, 17, had gone to bed around 11 p.m. Thursday and was found unresponsive Friday morning at his home, according to the Wyoming Police Department.
Fischer’s dad told 24 Hour News 8 that the medical examiner told him his son had an enlarged heart, a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which contributed to his death.
Fischer’s high school hockey team was scheduled to play Detroit Catholic Central Friday evening in the state semi-final game at Compuware Arena in Plymouth. MHSAA said that after having discussions with the school and family, the game would still go on.
In a post on Grandville Public Schools’ Facebook page, Fischer’s family said the teen would have wanted his team to go on and play in his honor, according to the district.
And the team did go on to play the game, although they fell to Catholic Central 0-3 Friday night. Yet there wasn’t a dry eye in the arena when Catholic Central’s team embraced the Bulldogs after the game on the ice, praying with them and offering their support in the wake of Fischer’s death.
Fischer starred in both athletics and in the classroom.
He was a captain on both the Grandville football team and hockey team. He had an assist for the Bulldogs hockey team when they beat West Catholic Wednesday evening in overtime 3-2 to advance to the state semi-finals. He also lettered in baseball.
Fischer was one of eight students from Class A schools set to receive the MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award later this month. He had a 4.0 grade point average and was a member of the National Honor Society. He was set to graduate from Grandville in the spring, and planned on attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to study aerospace engineering.
Fischer’s death hit a community that is already grieving.
Alyssa Arends, 15, also a student at Grandville High School, passed away Sunday night after a battle with bone cancer. Her visitation and funeral services are scheduled for Saturday and Monday.