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Friends, Family Mourn Teen's Sudden Death In Parkland, Texas

| by Reve Fisher
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After complaining of a stomachache, a teenager died unexpectedly during emergency surgery.

Josh Gray, a 17-year-old from Parkland, Texas, reportedly died two hours after going to the nurse’s office Jan. 12. His mother is determined to figure out what exactly caused her son’s death.

"He went from going to school yesterday morning, normal day, happy, to having a stomach ache, to within two hours not being with us anymore," Laurie Gray, Josh’s mother, told KHOU News.

"I got a phone call that Josh was gone," Austin Hurst, a friend of Josh’s, added.

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According to doctors, the artery leading to his pancreas burst, and then his pancreas ruptured as well. They were unable to control the bleeding.

On Jan. 12, a GoFundMe page has been set up for the family to help cover medical, funeral and other expenses.

“The Gray family is always the first to intercede and offer support the second someone they love is in need,” reads the crowd-funding page, written by friends of the family. “Well, now it's our turn.”

Over $28,000 has been raised as of Jan. 14. Josh’s mother told KHOU News that she plans to use some of the funds towards research to find and cure rare underlying diseases.

Josh was remembered fondly by the Parkland community.

"Josh loved everyone for who they were,” Hurst said. “I'm loud and obnoxious, he loved that about me. I mean, he loved all of us for exactly who we were. And that was the best part about being with Josh. You could be you."

“We are all family in Pearland so losing him is losing one of our sweetest, kindest, caring son,” Doreen Springer wrote in a comment on the GoFundMe page.

"I don't think there will ever be someone like Josh," friend Seth Blunt added to KHOU News.

This isn't the first time a teen has died unexpectedly.

In December 2015, 14-year-old Thomas Knox died unexpectedly in his sleep, WBNS News reported at the time. Thomas' friends, family, and fellow members on the hockey team reflected on how his kind spirit affected them during his short life.

"It changes how you look at everything," said Sangster. "Winning and losing takes on a whole different look. It just doesn't seem as important. What's really important is how you treat each other and appreciate each other.

Sources: KHOU News, GoFundMe, WBNS News / Photo Credit: KHOU News, GoFundMe