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Skydiver dies in hard landing before Tennessee high school football game

A skydiver died Friday after landing hard from a pregame jump at Tennessee High School football stadium, officials said.

Washington County School Superintendent Jerry Boyd said in a statement that the diver jumped into the David Crockett High School football stadium in the northeastern Tennessee city of Jonesboro. David Crockett was facing Daniel Boone High School from nearby Grey.

Boyd said Skydiver was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He said mental health support professionals would be at both schools on Monday.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the family of the injured skydiver who has passed away,” Boyd said in the statement.

Jump Tien, a Greenville-based company, told news outlets in a statement that the 55-year-old man worked with the company and made more than 1,500 jumps. The company said that observers and witnesses saw nothing unusual about the jump or its parachute, adding that it was deployed without incident.

Witness video published by WJHL-TV shows the skydiver deployed with his parachute, descending rapidly in circles to the ground at the shouts of spectators.

Officials have yet to release the identity of the skydiver.

After the incident, the skydiver was taken to the hospital for his injuries and a moment’s silence was observed. The football game started late.

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