A family member of a Kentucky cheerleader who died after a cheerleading contest in February had a "underlying strep infection."
Lilliana Schalck, a student at Highlands Middle School, complained of feeling ill while at a Cheerleading competition in Columbus, Ohio, on Feb. 23. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she died. The 13-year-old was taken to the Nationwide Children's Hospital. A few hours later, the teen was dead.
The family said in a statement that Schalck had a "underlying Strep infection," Fox 19 reported.
KENTUCKY CHEERLEADER DIES AFTER FALLING ILL AT COMPETITION
"Apparently, an underlying Strep infection is overwhelmed by its immune system with little or no warning, and catastrophic results," the family said in a statement, according to FOX 1
"We knew this report was coming and honestly have mixed feelings about it, "the Schalck family said in a statement." On the one hand, it does not change anything for us. But, on the other hand, we would not want this nightmare for anyone and maybe this report may help prevent similar outcome for someone else. Lilliana would surely help if she could, and this is just an extension of that spirit. "
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The teenager's father, Dan Schalk, said his daughter was treated for strep a few years ago. He said doctors told them that his daughter was "the picture of health."
Fox News' Alexandra Hein contributed to this report.