published Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Teen collapses during Georgia beauty pageant, dies

AUGUSTA, Ga. — An eastern Georgia high school student collapsed during a beauty pageant and was pronounced dead.

Richmond County coroner Grover Tuten tells the Augusta Chronicle 17-year-old Fredricia Rouse, a junior at Hephzibah High School, was in the chapel at Paine College Wednesday when she collapsed.

Tuten says Rouse showed no signs of injury and an autopsy is scheduled for today.

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