- was a knight In Venice it was discovered that he was not breathing with a rope around his neck
- His aunt described him as a “beautiful, sweet and loving child.”
A Utah teenager has reportedly died after accidentally strangling himself with a tetherball rope in his family’s corn maze.
Maximus Knight, 13, described by his relatives as a “sweet and loving child”, had helped clean up at the Knights Corn Maze in Venice on Saturday but was later found with the rope around his neck.
The boy’s family searched desperately for him when they realized he was missing. When he was found, Maximus was not breathing and had no pulse.
By the time an emergency medical team arrived, the teenager’s pulse had been restored.
He was taken to a local hospital and then transferred to another location on the Wasatch Front for further treatment, where he later died.
Maximus (bottom right) and his family. The teenager helped clean up at the Knights Corn Maze in Venice, Utah on Saturday, but was later found with the rope around his neck
Sevier County Sheriff Nathan Curtis said the incident was believed to be an accident and that there was no evidence of crime or suspicious activity.
The exact cause of the boy’s death is being determined by the state medical examiner’s office.
In a GoFundMe account post, the teen’s aunt wrote, “On 10/28/23, 13-year-old Maximus Knight passed away in a tragic accident.”
“Maximus was a beautiful, sweet and loving child who brought so much joy to his family and community.”
“Maximus, the youngest in his family, went out of his way to impress his big brothers and take care of those around him.”
“Our hearts are broken as we struggle to understand this tragedy. “We will forever mourn his death.”
She also noted that “the Knight family has shown dedication to their community.”
She said: “A labor of love, the Knight family has brought joy and togetherness to many through their family corn maze.”
“Maximus was actively involved in the family corn maze and in his community.”
From Tuesday morning it is GoFundMe had raised more than $24,000 toward its $30,000 goal.