Did you hear?... Bowflex machine part of investigation in student athlete’s death

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 16-year-old, who was reportedly found unconscious and entangled in a Bowflex machine at a Lake of the Pines residence, outside of Sacramento, Calif., according to several local news sources.
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The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 16-year-old, who was reportedly found unconscious and entangled in a Bowflex machine at a Lake of the Pines residence, outside of Sacramento, Calif., according to several local news sources.

Sacramento’s CBS13 reported that Justin Butler was found by his parents in his home the night of Sept. 19 after somehow becoming entangled in a Bowflex exercise machine. They called 911 and began performing CPR, before emergency crews arrived, CBS13 added.

After being first flown by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center and then UC Davis Medical Center, Butler, who was a junior at Bear River High School in Grass Valley and a wide receiver on the school’s football team, died in a Sacramento hospital on the morning of Sept. 20, according to an article in the Auburn (California) Journal.

Law enforcement and the county coroner have yet to determine the circumstances of Butler's death, and an investigation is ongoing, sources noted.

Investigators do not believe Bowflex was responsible for the teen's death, according to CBS13’s report.

--SNEWS® Editors

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