Cause of death undetermined for boy who died on Indiana Beach roller coaster

The death of a 12-year-old Lafayette boy who died at Indiana Beach has been ruled undetermined, according to White County Coroner Tony Deibel.

Posted: Aug 7, 2019 11:29 AM
Updated: Aug 7, 2019 2:44 PM

MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) — The death of a 12-year-old Lafayette boy who died at Indiana Beach has been ruled undetermined, according to White County Coroner Tony Deibel.

An autopsy of Brayden Cooper's body revealed no trauma, injury, congenital abnormalities or toxins, according to Deibel. However, Deibel noted that Cooper had a upper respiratory infection around the time of his death. Otherwise, Deibel said he doesn't have much of a medical history. 

Cooper's family told News 18 he did not have any pre-existing conditions.

Deibel noted that given the close proximity of the upper respiratory infection, the boy could have suffered from Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart commonly caused by viruses. Myocarditis can present sudden death, according to Deibel. However, no official diagnosis was made. 

Cooper died at a hospital in late June after collapsing on the Hoosier Hurricane. At the time, the White County Sheriff's Office said it was due to a medical condition.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security said an inspection of the Hoosier Hurricane was requested by Indiana Beach after his death.

The IDHS also said a rider had reported to a doctor she was shocked while exiting the same ride a few days later. A full inspection and six test rides failed to reproduce any electrical effect or hazard.

News 18 met exclusively with the girl who was diagnosed with electric shock.

Cooper's family chose to donate his tissue and organs.

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