Nick Dixon, a standout football player from Spartanburg High School, has passed away after complications from a routine surgery. According to WSPA-TV, Dixon was undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus and torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee when the complications occurred.
Dixon’s death came one day after he committed to play college football at Wingate University in North Carolina.
As news of his death spread, Dixon’s friends launched a GoFundMe account to raise money to help cover funeral and burial expenses for his family.
The fundraiser reads:
Nick was an awesome football player at Spartanburg High School. He sported #7 as a defensive end, linebacker, and running back, and was on his way to Wingate University on a four year scholarship. He was loved by his family and friends and was always the life of the party. My family and I are asking for your help to raise funds to lay him to rest. As time is of the essence, every donation from the least to the greatest would be greatly appreciated. Nicholas’ mother, Terri Littlejohn, will be the beneficiary of the funds that will be used for the funeral and burial expenses. Thank you for all your prayers and support during this time of bereavement.
At the time of this writing, the account has raised nearly $17,000 from 219 donors and has surpassed the $15,000 goal.
“It’s always a shock to people when someone so young and so vibrant loses their life. Nick was a wonderful student, wonderful athlete,” said Spartanburg School District 7 Superintendent Dr. Russell Booker in a statement. “Nick was part of our Viking early college program early during his high school career, which means he was already earning some college credits.”
Our deepest condolences go out to Dixon’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult and tragic time.