High school athlete paralyzed in 1999 dies

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A high school athlete who was paralyzed during football practice more than 13 years ago has died.

Rob Komosa suffered a devastating neck injury at Rolling Meadows high school in 1999.

He was paralyzed from the neck down and relied on a ventilator to breathe.

Komosa died at his home on Saturday night after suffering breathing complications.

In 2005, he received a $12.5 million settlement from the high school.

Komosa also helped raise money for other Chicago area athletes paralyzed through hockey and football injuries.

A wake for Komosa is planned for 3 to 9 p.m. Friday at Gleuckert Funeral Home in Arlington Heights. His funeral will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St Thomas Becket.

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