Camden math teacher dies

Students at Camden Middle School are mourning the death of a popular 7th-grade mathematics teacher.

Leon Kats, 54, passed away last night. School officials declined comment on the cause of death.

Kats was “very beloved,” Kershaw County school spokesman Mary Anne Byrd said.

He had taught at the school since 1997 and was an advisor for the yearbook and other student organizations, officials said.

Palmetto Health Richland spokeswoman Tammie Epps said Kats died 10:55 p.m. Wednesday, but cited privacy laws in refusing to offer any other details.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.