Officials say a 53-year-old music teacher has died after he suffered a medical emergency and collapsed while practicing with students at a high school in western Pennsylvania.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office says David Ritzel collapsed in a classroom at Leechburg High School around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday.
Leechburg Area School District officials say the Monroeville man was helping students practice for a performance before the school board that night when he became unresponsive.
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Superintendent Tiffany Nix praised the students for immediately getting help, although it was ultimately too late for Ritzel. He was pronounced dead at Allegheny Valley Hospital around 3 p.m.
The nature of Ritzel's medical issue is unclear.
Extra counseling has been made available for grieving students and school staff.