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A schoolboy who died after being hit in the head by a cricket ball told his friend, "I'm fine" before collapsing, an inquest has heard.

The Daily Mail is reporting 16-year-old British schoolboy Kyle Rees walked into the path of a cricket ball thrown across a playground by his friend in February.

He suffered a massive hemorrhage and dies the following day.

His friend was reportedly arrested on suspicion of manslaughter but later released without charge.

At an inquest into her son's death, Mr Rees' mother Tanya Cooper told the inquest she didn't blame the friend.

"Not for one second have any of us thought he would have done it on purpose. When we found out who had thrown the ball we knew it must have been an accident," she said.

In a statement read out at the inquest, the friend said Kyle wanted to continue playing a throwing game after it had been broken up by teachers.

He said he was attempting to throw the ball away when his friend 'came round the back'.

"The first thing I did was turn him around and say are you okay. He said 'yeah, I’m fine just let me sit down'. Then he gets up and sits in the middle of the floor and lies himself down," he said.

"He gets on the floor and is breathing heavily. A bit of spit and froth come out of his mouth. That’s when we went to find the medical woman."

The inquest continues.

The West Australian

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