10-year-old CT hockey player dies from sudden illness

New Canaan student dies suddenly Sunday morning

[UPDATED 10:39 a.m January 16] The cause of the death of the 10-year-old New Canaan fourth grader was flu complicated by pneumonia followed by sepsis, according to a New Canaan health official on Tuesday, January 16, at 10 a.m.

Mallozzi, a hockey player, began feeling ill last week before a tournament in NY but wanted to be with the team, .

The Connecticut Roughriders hockey club posted a bulletin to its website this week warning parents about the dangers of influenza.

Reed told the Stamford Advocate Mallozzi wasn't feeling well before the weekend but wanted to attend the tournament with his teammates. He was rushed to the hospital but doctors were unable to save him and he died.

According to Reed, Nico had been seen at a good local hospital in Buffalo-site of the youth hockey tournament-and diagnosed there with flu. The team says Nico never had any contact with anyone at any hockey rinks and left WNY.

Luizzi said it's been a hard two days since getting the news about the death of Nico, who attended West Elementary School and played defenseman for the team based out of South Norwalk.

You are welcome to join us at West on Monday morning between 10:00 - 12:00 to be together in love and support.

It was unknown whether Nico and his brother were vaccinated.

New Canaan Police Tweeted a message of condolence as well.

Schools in New Canaan were closed Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, but Mallozzi's school held a gathering for parents and students to provide information and support.

It is with a heavy heart that the entire CT ROUGHRIDERS organization (players, family, coaches and managers) shares the news of the sudden passing of one of our 07 players, Nico Mallozzi.

"There are no words to describe the loss we feel", a Mallozzi family statement on the site read.

Luizzi said Nico was a great kid, known throughout the school.

A GoFundMe page set up in Nico's name has raised more than $100,000 in just two days. "We're really going to miss him and remember him very fondly".

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