Detroit high school senior who went into cardiac arrest during basketball game dies

Cartier Woods was 18-years-old

DETROIT – Local 4 news has learned that the Northwestern High School senior who went into cardiac arrest during a basketball game has died.

Cartier Woods, 18, was rushed to the hospital on the night of Tuesday, Jan. 31 during a game against Douglass High School at Northwestern High School. He suffered a cardiac episode and was listed in critical condition.

The family told Local 4 that Woods did not have a pulse after he went into cardiac arrest, but the doctors at Henry Ford Hospital were able to sedate him before putting him on life support. His aunt, who is his legal guardian, decided to remove him from life support after his vital signs continued to be absent.

Chrystal Wilson, assistant superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District, said in a statement:

“It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we share that Cartier Woods has passed.

“The DPSCD community is heartbroken by this sudden and untimely loss,” Wilson said. “We deeply thank everyone who has provided their prayers and well wishes. When the information regarding arrangements become available, it will be shared.”

The Woods family held a prayer vigil Friday, Feb. 3, when Woods was in critical condition. A GoFundMe has been set up to help with medical expenses.

About the Author:

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.