A teenager from Utah has died after accidentally strangling himself with a tetherball rope at his family’s corn maze, according to reports.
Maximus Knight, 13, who was described by his relatives as a ‘sweet and loving child,’ had been helping to clean up on Saturday at Knights Corn Maze in Venice but was later found with the rope around his neck.
The boy’s family were frantically searching for him after they noticed he was missing. When he was found, Maximus was not breathing and did not have a pulse.
When an emergency service crew arrived, the teenager’s pulse was restored.
He was taken to a local hospital and then transferred to another location on the Wasatch Front for additional treatment where he later died.
Sevier County Sheriff Nathan Curtis said the incident is believed to have been an accident and there is no evidence of foul play or suspicious activity.
The exact cause of the boy’s death will be investigated by the state medical examiner’s office.
In a GoFundMe account post the teenager’s aunt wrote: ‘On 10/28/23, a tragic accident took the life of 13 year old Maximus Knight.
‘Maximus was a beautiful, sweet and loving child who brought so much joy to his family and to his community.
‘The youngest of his family, Maximus made every effort to impress his big brothers and care for those around him.
‘Our hearts are broken as we struggle to make sense of this tragedy. We will forever mourn his passing.’
She also noted that ‘the Knight family has shown devotion to their community’.
She said: ‘As labor of love, the Knight family brought joy and togetherness to many with their family corn maze.
‘Maximus was actively involved with the family corn maze and with his community.’
As of Tuesday morning, the GoFundMe had raised more than $24,000 towards its $30,000 goal.