The West Fargo Public School district says it is with great sadness to say that Ben Merck has passed away.
The school district says that Ben was a well-known and much-loved sophomore at Sheyenne High School who lost his battle with ALS Tuesday morning.
In an email to parents, school officials say 16-year-old Ben Merck was hospitalized with complications from his ALS Monday morning.
Ben was diagnosed with the neuromuscular condition in October. Ben is a former Sheyenne football player, as well as 'a well-known and much-loved sophomore at Sheyenne High School.'
Sheyenne High officials say counselors will be available for students in the library today to deal with this devastating news.