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07/17/2014 11:17 am ET Updated Jul 17, 2014

High School Tennis Star Dies Following Cardiac Arrest During Workout

A California teen who was a star athlete at her high school died a week after she mysteriously suffered cardiac arrest during a workout.

Family told KNBC that Morgan Wilson, 17, died Wednesday afternoon, more than a week after her unexpected collapse. Although paramedics who responded July 8 were initially able to revive her, she was placed in a medically induced coma and remained in critical condition at UC Irvine Medical Center until she passed away.

"She is a strong girl, and so for something like this to happen, it's just totally blown us away," her father, Scott Rowland told the station after his daughter was hospitalized last week.

Wilson was captain of the girls' varsity tennis team and a member of the track team at Esperanza High School in Anaheim.

Described by friends as a "go-getter" and a determined player who practiced "countless hours every single day," Wilson had no known health issues prior to collapsing during a warmup run before a private tennis lesson last week. She had left a family vacation early to attend the tennis camp, according to KTLA.

Friends and teammates hoped that the the teen's fighting spirit would prevail over her sudden illness. They gathered on the court at Anaheim Tennis Center last Thursday to offer prayers and support.

The girl's parents released a statement following her death, thanking supporters for their prayers and urging others to learn CPR.

"No family should have to go through the loss of a child. We believe that Morgan's life could have been saved had CPR been administered in a timely fashion."

Wilson was an organ donor and her family is working with a non-profit to donate her organs.

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