Detroit Catholic Central High School sophomore, David Widzinski, dies in his sleep

(WXYZ) - Detroit Catholic Central sophomore David Widzinski died of unknown causes Monday morning. 

Sources confirmed with 7 Action News that David passed away in his sleep. He was 16 years old.

Visitation has been scheduled from Thursday from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. at St. Kenneth Catholic Church on N. Haggerty in Plymouth. A funeral mass will be held at Catholic Central High school on Friday at 10:00 a.m.

Widzinski was a standout football player at Catholic Central. He played middle linebacker for the Shamrocks in the Division I State Championship Game 11 days ago. 

Widzinski was the leading tackler for Catholic Central in the game with 15 tackles -- the next closest Shamrock had six.

A Detroit Catholic Central faculty member tells 7 Action News, "We don't know how David died. He simply did not wake up yesterday morning. Tragic and devastating to our school community. He was a great young man from a great family."

The school will hold a mass for David Tuesday morning at 7:20 in the school chapel.

The school released the following statement on its website: 

It is with great sadness that the Catholic Central community mourns the loss of one our brothers and Men of Catholic Central, sophomore David Widzinski, who passed away in his sleep sometime Sunday night or Monday morning. Our entire community stands with David's parents, Paul and Barbara, his sister Emily and his brother Stephen. Their pain is our pain: we are all one family. At this time we have no idea what the cause of David's death is.

After having met with some of David's closest CC brothers and their parents Monday evening, we informed our families, faculty and staff. 1,067 of our students, all brothers, are in mourning. We respectfully ask the press to keep their distance from our students at this tragic time. They are in shock and are fragile. The entire school is praying a common rosary together at 8 a.m. Our football players will meet together with coaches, Basilian Fathers and counselors afterward. Counselors and Basilian Fathers will be available for students as needed, and our teachers will be more pastoral than academic with our students today. A counselor will be present in each of David's classes.

The hearts of our CC community have been tugged in several different and painful directions over this past year. We are confident in the prayers, love and support of the greater community, as we have already experienced over this past year. We are grateful for the prayers and love of students and families from our fellow Catholic, public and private schools: you are good friends.

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced on the front of our website as soon as they are set.

Mary Alma Mater, pray for us. Saint Basil, pray for us.

Fr. John Huber, C.S.B., principal

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