Community Mourns Passing of Mahomet-Seymour Student, Athlete


MAHOMET -- The city of Mahomet is left shocked and saddened Friday, after reports that a local teen died in his home Friday.

According to the Champaign News-Gazette, 18-year-old Matt Prather was found unresponsive in his bed Thursday by his father.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup told the News-Gazette there was nothing suspicious about Prather's death, and that at this time it appears to be of natural causes.

The coroner's office is set to perform an autopsy on Prather Saturday. "Hopefully some information will emerge from that," Mahomet Seymour football coach Keith Pogue told WAND.

"Right now I think folks are just in shock and trying to rally around the family," he said.

There will be a visitation for Prather at First Christian Church in Champaign from 3pm to 8pm on Monday, March 28. A funeral service will be held at the same location on Tuesday, March 29 at 10am.

Prather was the kicker and punter for the Mahomet-Seymour football team, as well as a soccer player at the high school. Teammates and friends offered their condolences through social media.

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