"It is with a sad heart that I share with you that Nico Mallozzi, fourth-grade student at West, unexpectedly passed away this morning", said Superintendent of Schools Bryan D. Luizzi wrote Sunday in an email parents. At that point, he said, the cause of death was unknown.
Nico also played for the the Connecticut Roughriders Hockey Club and was in Buffalo, N.Y. for a hockey tournament before he was hospitalized. Our rink won't be the same with out him. He left the tournament early and died Sunday morning in a CT hospital.
He was known for his energy, enthusiasm and big personality.
Luizzi said custodians at New Canaan schools will perform extra cleanings "given the possibility that this tragedy could be connected to influenza".
According to Reed, Nico had been seen at a good local hospital in Buffalo-site of the youth hockey tournament-and diagnosed there with flu. The public health director in New Canaan says Nico was taken to Children's Hospital to have a flu test.
One of Nico's brothers is said to be sick with flu in hospital now, according to the medical director.
The flu is now widespread in every state except Hawaii, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Reed has advised families concerned about flu exposure to consult with a pediatrician about whether administering Tamiflu-brand medicine is appropriate.