The community is mourning the loss today of a Cedartown High School student who unexpectedly passed away on Friday morning at his home.

Polk County Coroner Norman Smith confirmed this morning that Jean Carlo Rodriguez-Jacobo was pronounced dead at Atrium Health Floyd Polk Medical Center on Friday morning at 7:46 a.m. after he was rushed by AdventHealth Redmond EMS for emergency treatment from his home on Collard Valley Road.

First responders were called out to his home after he was discovered in the early morning hours having collapsed prior to the start of the school day. The Polk School District family were notified not long after the loss of the member of the Class of 2024.

Cedartown High posted the following about his death on Facebook on Friday evening:

Today, our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of Jean Carlo Rodriguez, a cherished member of our student family. His warmth, laughter, and friendship touched us all. His spirit will forever linger in the halls and hearts of our community. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends during this incredibly difficult time. 🕊️ In Loving Memory Of Jean Carlo Rodriguez

The school also called off home soccer games on Friday evening after his unexpected passing.

Other social media profiles have posted their own condolences around the district and community offering prayers and support for the family at this time.

Rodriguez’s body was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for a medical autopsy to attempt to determine a cause of death, Smith said.

Olin Gammage and Sons Funeral Home in Cedartown are expected to be in charge of the arrangements. Check back for additional announcements on services.

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