K-State athlete died from very rare illness

(Kansas State University)
(Kansas State University)(KWCH)
Published: Oct. 30, 2018 at 12:17 PM CDT
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A very rare illness is to blame for the death of a Kansas State student-athlete, the university says.

Samantha Scott had been diagnosed with Lemierre's Syndrome, K-State said. National Institute of Health describes it as an infection that begins in the throat and spreads through the lymphatic vessels. The agency added the cause of the Lemierre's Syndrome is "poorly understood."

Scott, 23, had passed away on Saturday,

over the weekend. She is a four-year member of the Wildcat rowing team and the squad’s top coxswain this season.

“Samantha was a great leader for our program and more importantly a great person,” head coach Patrick Sweeney said. “She was so well-liked by all of her teammates and had such a big impact on our program both on and off the water."

Scott was an architectural engineering major and a native of Fort Morgan, Colo. She was also an Academic All-Big 12 selection last season while leading the team’s 1v8 and 1v4 boats.