SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A Spartanburg High School football star died unexpectedly during surgery last week, according to the school. 

Senior Nick Dixon was undergoing surgery Friday when he passed away. Dixon was a standout on the field and was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas in 2018 and was committed to play for Wingate University, according to the school's superintendent. 

"He was a great person, great teammate and a great player and will always be remembered," Dixon's coach, Chris Miller, told WYFF-TV

Spartanburg High students held a candlelight vigial for Dixon at the school's football stadium Sunday evening. Hundreds gathered to pay tribute to their classmate, friend and teammate. 

"All I keep are fond memories of Nicholas," said Timothy Littlejohn, Dixon's stepfather. "We want to see everyone succeed in life, but it comes with a price sometimes."

A GoFundMe has been established to help the family with funeral expenses. As of Monday morning, the $15,000 goal was exceeded. Click here if you'd like to donate