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Young NoHo Boxer Died of Ruptured Spleen

Raul Alvarez Jr. was sparring at a gym in Burbank when he started to complain of pain.

Young NoHo Boxer Died of Ruptured Spleen

A North Hollywood teen who died in July after sparring at a Burbank boxing gym suffered a ruptured spleen and internal bleeding, the Daily News reports.

Raul Alvarez Jr., 16, was taken to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center on July 27 around 6:45 p.m. and died about an hour later.

He was sparring at Pullman's Gym at 4320 W. Magnolia Blvd., said Burbank police Sgt. Darin Ryburn.

"He complained of pain from light sparring while boxing," Ryburn said. "While at the hospital, the male suddenly went unconscious. All efforts by medical personnel to revive the male were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the hospital about an hour later."

Alvarez Jr. was wearing protective gear while he sparred, according to the Daily News. The case is being investigated by the District Attorney's office, the publication reports.

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