(Meredith) - A Georgia family is devastated after a 17-year-old girl collapsed and died during dance practice this week.
Elyse Purefoy had recently joined the dance team at Arabia Mountain High School in Stonecrest, Georgia. The rising senior and her teammates were training at the school Monday morning when she passed out while running on the track.
Paramedics rushed her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Her family shared a heartbreaking message on a GoFundMe page created to raise money for the teen's funeral expenses:
Today started just like any other day. I made you breakfast and lunch, and hugged you and told you to have fun at dance training. I smiled as I saw you and your brother get in the car to drive you to practice, but who could have known that you would not be coming home to us.
The doctors did their best to bring you back but your heart just stopped working.
Elyse you are a beautiful spirit. And we will miss you so much.
The teen's father, Hank Purefoy, told our sister station WGCL that he believes extreme dehydration played a role in her death, as the family awaits autopsy results.
In a statement released Monday afternoon, the DeKalb County School District offered its deepest condolences to Purefoy's loved ones.
“The entire DeKalb County School District community, and especially the Arabia Mountain High School family, mourns the passing of a member of the school’s dance team. Our hearts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”