Turpin H.S. Cheer coach pronounced dead; will undergo organ donation surgery

Meagan Toothman and her cheer squad
Meagan Toothman and her cheer squad
Prayer service for Toothman
Prayer service for Toothman

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Indiana State Police say a seventh person has died from the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.

Shortly before midnight, on Sunday, August 21st, information was received from the Marion County Coroner's Office that Meagan Toothman, 24, was pronounced dead.

"The positive thoughts and prayers that were shared by many were cherished by Meagan and her family and certainly bolstered them," Superintendent Dallas Jackson said. "In the end the injuries just proved too much for Meagan to overcome."

The family of a cheerleading coach from Ohio who suffered brain injuries when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair stage says they've decided to "allow to her to be at peace."

The family of Meagan Toothman says it became apparent Sunday night "that our Meagan was no longer with us." The family writes in an online journal posting that an organ donation surgery is planned for later Monday.

"It's a huge loss to our community," Athletic Director Tony Hemmelgarn shared. "It's really unbelievable you can go to a concert and have something like this happen to you. I know that our community and our kids will rally around our family and her spirit is going to live for a long time. She made a huge impact."

Marchele Hall of the Marion County coroner's office says Toothman is on life support at Methodist Hospital. Authorities earlier announced she had been pronounced dead.

Six others have died from injuries suffered when powerful winds toppled the stage onto fans waiting for the country act Sugarland to perform Aug. 13.

Meagan was a 2005 Turpin graduate. She received her bachelor's degree from Wittenburg University and is working on her master's degree in counseling. Two years ago Meagan was named the Turpin cheerleading coach.

No other information about Ms. Toothman is available from the Indiana State Police.

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