School 'in shock' after death of student Ade (15) who fell ill in gym
Pupils and teachers at a Co Kildare school are in shock following the sudden death of a 15-year-old boy who became unwell in the school gym.
Ademidun Adeleke, affectionately known as Ade, was a popular third-year student at Scoil Mhuire in Clane.
He was rushed to the Crumlin Children's Hospital in Dublin by emergency services following the incident on Tuesday.
Tragically, he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Gardai yesterday confirmed that they are investigating the tragedy as a sudden death. Foul play is not suspected.
A post-mortem will be carried out to determine the cause of death.
The tragedy, which happened just days after students returned to school from the summer break, has left the school and wider community devastated.
Principal Padraig Nolan described Ade as an excellent student.
"He was always on time for school and always did his work to the best of his ability," he told the Herald yesterday.
"He was quiet and shy in many ways but really worked hard in school.
"He loved his sport, in particular athletics, and was a big Liverpool fan. The whole school is in shock."
His death prompted the school to put its critical incident plan in place and school psychologists are on hand to provide counselling to students if needed, Mr Nolan said.
"All the support mechanisms are available," he added.
The school also issued a formal notice of condolence to Ade's family.
"The whole school community at Scoil Mhuire, Clane, is deeply saddened by the sudden death of our third-year student," it read.
"We extend our sincere sympathy to Ade's family, his parents Nike and Bayo, sister Eniola, brother Holly, his extended family and friends. May he rest in peace.
"Ade, by his gentle presence made a great contribution to the spirit of our school. He had a great passion for athletics, loved soccer and adored Liverpool."
Ade's death also sparked an outpouring of grief on social media.
Friends and classmates went online to offer their condolences to the Adeleke family.
"Rip Ade taken too soon from your family and friends and all of [us] in your school," posted a classmate on Facebook.
"You will always be remembered by all of us in Scoil Mhuire and [we're] all still in shock.
"Thoughts with your family and friends and to all of our teachers at Scoil Mhuire for the bravery at this time, and all of the students.
"Fly high Ade. Fair play to all the emergency services as well."
Dozens more well-wishers posted condolences to Ade's parents and siblings as they come to terms with the tragedy.
While the results of the post-mortem will confirm the exact cause of Ade's death, a source told the Herald that one cause being considered is sudden cardiac arrest.
Around 100 otherwise fit and healthy people under the age of 35 die from Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) in Ireland each year.
According to the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) charity, young, fit people who have an underlying and undetected cardiac abnormality may seem perfectly healthy just hours before they suffer a cardiac arrest, often while engaged in sports or physical activity.
"Sporty youngsters stress their hearts the most," says the website of the Tallaght-based charity.
"If they have an underlying cardiac abnormality they are more likely to be at risk.
"Sport itself does not lead to cardiac arrest but it can act as a trigger for a young person to die suddenly, by exacerbating an undetected condition."