Coos Bay high school student dies from flu, school officials say

The superintendent’s message said the student passed away Monday and the school crisis team would be available for students and staff.

Posted: Feb 18, 2020 7:03 AM
Updated: Feb 18, 2020 9:26 PM

COOS BAY, Ore. – Coos Bay Public Schools announced the death of a Marshfield High School student Monday.

Superintendent Bryan Trendell said the high school student passed away Monday morning due to complications of Influenza B.

School officials have not released the student’s identity. However, KEZI 9 News learned that the student's name was Blake Crane.

Officials said Crane was a Junior at Marshfield High School.

They said Crane started experiencing "flu-like symptoms" while on vacation with his family over the weekend. They said the family brought him to the ER near the place they were staying. The doctors tested him for strep and it came back negative. After the family returned home, they brought Crane to Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay. He died early Monday monring. 

Travis Howard, who is the principal at Marshfield High School said Crane was "very popular" among the students. He said he played baseball, football and played in the band. Howard said the family was also very involved in the community. 

“He was definitely a product of that wonderful environment," said Howard. "He will be missed.”

Howard said there is no concerns of flu within the high school at this time. 

He also said the school crisis team would be available for students and staff for the remainder of the week.

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