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University of Connecticut Neag School of Education Korey Stringer Institute

Real-Time Registry of Sudden Death in Sport and Physical Activity

The Korey Stringer Institute has compiled a registry of sudden death in sport in the United States since July 1, 2011. Both official and speculated causes of death are presented. Please join our cause of preventing sudden death in sport. Please let us know of any other sport related deaths that have recently occurred or any updates on the listed cases. Send us a link to the article so we can post this on our website.

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Latest Deaths

Robert Roman

Robert Roman
Date of Incident: 09/22/2012
Age: 20
Location: Pennsylvania
Level of Competition: Unknown
Sport: Cross Country
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Description: The man collapsed while competing at the Philadelphia Metro Championships. He later died at the hospital.
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Daniel Lule

Daniel Lule
Date of Incident: 08/08/2012
Age: 17
Location: Illinois
Level of Competition: High School
Sport: Football
Official Cause of Death: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The boy collapsed within 20 minutes of the first day of football practice.  The team was performing non-contact conditioning drills at the time of collapse.  He had reported chest pain to a few teammates but decided to not tell the coaches and finish the drills.  Resuscitation was performed on the field and he was taken to the hospital where he died.
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Jesus Lupian

Jesus Lupian
Date of Incident: 08/01/2012
Age: 19
Location: Illinois
Level of Competition: Unknown
Sport: Soccer
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The man collapsed during soccer practice and was rushed to the hospital.
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Nicolas Dellaventura

Nicolas Dellaventura
Date of Incident: 07/23/2012
Age: 15
Location: New York
Level of Competition: High School
Sport: Football
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Exertional Heat Stroke
Description: The sophomore had just finished a 90 minute conditioning session when he began to struggle to breath and collapsed. There are conflicting reports as to if it was the first practice of the season, or a voluntary conditioning session, but the teen was not wearing any pads. He was treated on site by coaches and transported to Staten Island University Hospital but was pronounced dead hours later.
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James Cobb

James Cobb
Date of Incident: 07/19/2012
Age: 14
Location: Louisiana
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Basketball
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The incoming freshman had finished football conditioning and was then playing basketball with friends in the gym when he collapsed and passed away a short time later in the hospital
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Margaret Hinsdale Pometta

Margaret Hinsdale Pometta
Date of Incident: 07/15/2012
Age: 50
Location: California
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Triathlon
Official Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The swimmer was pulled from the river by kayak and resuscitation was attempted by emergency personnel. She died at a local hospital the next day.
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Larry Sage

Larry Sage
Date of Incident: 07/13/2012
Age: 53
Location: California
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Cycling
Official Cause of Death: Traumatic Brain Injury
Speculated Cause of Death: Traumatic Brain Injury
Description: The cyclist may have hit a pot hole while cycling down a hill and died on the scene. The man was wearing a helmet which shattered. The pothole has been patched.
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George Sandoval

George Sandoval
Date of Incident: 07/12/2012
Age: 39
Location: California
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Cycling
Official Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Speculated Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Description: The cyclist flipped over the handlebars of his bicycle when the front tire came off.  He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
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Peter Sauer

Peter Sauer
Date of Incident: 07/08/2012
Age: 35
Location: New York
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Basketball
Official Cause of Death: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The man took a jump shot then collapsed during an adult recreation game. When he fell he hit his head and fractured his skull. The man was a former Stanford basketball player.
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Dwight Carpenter

Dwight Carpenter
Date of Incident: 07/07/2012
Age: 43
Location: West Virginia
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Swimming
Official Cause of Death: Drowning
Speculated Cause of Death: Drowning
Description: The man was pulled from the ocean by a lifeguard and bystanders but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.  The victim was in water up to his chest and appeared to be in distress.
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Hannah Patrie

Hannah Patrie
Date of Incident: 07/06/2012
Age: 15
Location: Connecticut
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Dance
Official Cause of Death: Seizure
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The student reported having trouble breathing and later collapsed and lost consciousness. She died in a hospital later that evening.
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Michaela Olson

Michaela Olson
Date of Incident: 07/01/2012
Age: 16
Location: Minnesota
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Running
Official Cause of Death: Fungal Infection
Speculated Cause of Death: Exertional Heat Stroke
Description: The girl collapsed on a pavement trail while running in the morning near her home. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
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Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy
Date of Incident: 06/24/2012
Age: 44
Location: Idaho
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Triathlon
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Drowning
Description: The athlete was pulled from the water during the swim portion of the Ironman triathlon but resuscitation was unsuccessful.
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Robert Hartline

Robert Hartline
Date of Incident: 06/17/2012
Age: 62
Location: Connecticut
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Triathlon
Official Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The man was rescued from the swim portion of a sprint triathlon after he began to struggle. He passed away at a local hospital.
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Doug Witmer

Doug Witmer
Date of Incident: 06/16/2012
Age: 42
Location: Minnesota
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Triathlon
Official Cause of Death: Inconclusive
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The man was noticed by lifeguards to be moving slowly during the first portion of the swimming leg when he ceased swimming without flailing. Lifeguards pulled him from the water and attempted resusciation but were unsuccessful.
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Myles Thames

Myles Thames
Date of Incident: 06/14/2012
Age: 9
Location: California
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Basketball
Official Cause of Death: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Speculated Cause of Death: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Description: The boy collapsed while playing basketball with his friends at a local Boys and Girls Club.
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Christian Morales

Christian Morales
Date of Incident: 06/12/2012
Age: 16
Location: California
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Water Polo
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The boy collapsed while playing water polo in a high school pool. He reportedly exited the pool to drink water because he felt dehydrated and re-entered the pool before the collapse. EMS was unable to revive the athlete.
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Jorge Sosa

Jorge Sosa
Date of Incident: 06/12/2012
Age: 14
Location: New York
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Swimming
Official Cause of Death: Drowning
Speculated Cause of Death: Drowning
Description: The 14 year old passed away after being pulled from the water near North Avenue Beach on Lake Michigan. He was swimming with friends about 30-50 yards off shore when he began to struggle.
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Akeem Craig

Akeem Craig
Date of Incident: 06/12/2012
Age: 14
Location: New York
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Swimming
Official Cause of Death: Drowning
Speculated Cause of Death: Drowning
Description: The 14 year old has passed away after he was pulled from Far Rockaway beach where began to struggle while swimming with friends.
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Jeffery Carlos Watson, Jr

Jeffery Carlos Watson, Jr
Date of Incident: 06/11/2012
Age: 13
Location: Michigan
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Swimming
Official Cause of Death: Drowning
Speculated Cause of Death: Drowning
Description: The 13 year old boy was swimming with this friends when he began to struggle. He went under the water and never resurfaced. His body was recovered and he was placed on life support. He passed away the next day.
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William Tufts Jr

William Tufts Jr
Date of Incident: 06/10/2012
Age: 40
Location: Oregon
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Running
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The man was running in the "Dirty Half" half marathon when he collapsed on a trail about 2 miles form a parking lot. Deputies entered the trail, having to run about 4 miles with an AED but the man could not be revived and had to be carried 2 miles out to reach the ambulance.
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Maria Sergeyevna Rumyantseva

Maria Sergeyevna Rumyantseva
Date of Incident: 06/07/2012
Age: 18
Location: Wyoming
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Hiking
Official Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Speculated Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Description: The woman was hiking with friends in Yellowstone National Park when she ventured off the trail. A rock gave way and she fell about 400 ft. Her body was recovered a short time later.
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Dwayne Cooper

Dwayne Cooper
Date of Incident: 05/30/2012
Age: 43
Location: West Virginia
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Swimming
Official Cause of Death: Drowning
Speculated Cause of Death: Drowning
Description: The man slipped under the water while swimming in a river. His fiance, a nursing assistant, ran into the river and found him unconscious and attempted CPR.
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John Greer

John Greer
Date of Incident: 05/26/2012
Age: 53
Location: Arizona
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Hiking
Official Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The triathlete and marathoner's body was found near the summit of Humphrey's peak. He was completing a double loop of a trail, training for a 100 mile race. Despite CPR attempts he was not revived.
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Ikka Uusitalo

Ikka Uusitalo
Date of Incident: 05/23/2012
Age: 36
Location: Alaska
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Hiking
Official Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Speculated Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Description: The Finnish mountaineer fell 2,000 feet to his death while climbing Mt. McKinley on skiis.
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Sibylle Reitmeyer

Sibylle Reitmeyer
Date of Incident: 05/21/2012
Age: 35
Location: Arizona
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Hiking
Official Cause of Death: Exertional Heat Stroke
Speculated Cause of Death: Exertional Heat Stroke
Description: The hiker collapsed while hiking with a companion in hot environmental conditions, 105 degrees F. During a descent she began to not feel well and collapsed. Her hiking partner attempted to feed her water but was unsuccessful and ran to get help. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Amalia Barber

Amalia Barber
Date of Incident: 05/19/2012
Age: 23
Location: Arizona
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Hiking
Official Cause of Death: Exertional Heat Stroke
Speculated Cause of Death: Exertional Heat Stroke
Description: The woman collapsed while hiking in the Tortolita mountains with friends in hot environmental temperatures.
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Anthony Vaeao

Anthony Vaeao
Date of Incident: 05/17/2012
Age: 18
Location: California
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Basketball
Official Cause of Death: Cardiac Hypertrophy
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The athlete was playing a pickup basketball game during school. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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Kalonyea Wopea

Kalonyea Wopea
Date of Incident: 05/03/2012
Age: 17
Location: Minnesota
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Basketball
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The athlete collapsed during a basketball game with his friends at the local YMCA. He was rushed to North Memorial hospital where he passed away.
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George Knott

George Knott
Date of Incident: 04/29/2012
Age: 59
Location: Florida
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Swimming
Official Cause of Death: Drowning
Speculated Cause of Death: Drowning
Description: The man drowned during an evening swim with a woman in the ocean. At the time there was sideways rain, strong currents, and strong rip tides. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
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Nick Gilbert

Nick Gilbert
Date of Incident: 04/22/2012
Age: 20
Location: California
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Swimming
Official Cause of Death: Drowning
Speculated Cause of Death: Drowning
Description: The man was swimming with friends when he attempted to cross a river. He called to his friends for help but was swept away. The river had cold, swift moving rivers due to snowmelt.
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Christopher Hasbrouck

Christopher Hasbrouck
Date of Incident: 04/21/2012
Age: 19
Location: Tennessee
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Running
Official Cause of Death: Exertional Heat Stroke
Speculated Cause of Death: Exertional Heat Stroke
Description: The runner was a member of the Appalachian State ROTC program. Around mile 10 of a half marathon he suddenly collapsed and was evacuated to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Twelve days later the runner died due to complications related to the heat stroke he suffered.
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Isaac Arzate

Isaac Arzate
Date of Incident: 04/20/2012
Age: 12
Location: Oregon
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Baseball
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The baseball player collapsed during baseball practice. 3 months prior, he had collapsed at basketball practice and was revived by EMS and underwent heart surgery. There is no word if he was cleared to play sports.
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Richard Nappi

Richard Nappi
Date of Incident: 04/16/2012
Age: 47
Location: New York
Level of Competition: Occupational
Sport: Firefighter
Official Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: Lieutenant Nappi suffered an apparent heart attack while battling a three-alarm fire in Bushwick, Brooklyn. According to FDNY, Lt. Nappi led a team of firefighters who stretched and operated a hoseline in a mezzanine area of the first floor. While battling the fire, Lt. Nappi became overheated and collapsed. Firefighters from Ladder 112 removed him on a stretcher to the street where he initially was conscious and alert. He was placed in an ambulance and EMS personnel began to treat him when he suddenly became unconscious and suffered cardiac arrest. While paramedics and EMTs continued to work on him, he was rushed by ambulance to Woodhull Hospital where he later died.
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Tony Weathers

Tony Weathers
Date of Incident: 04/14/2012
Age: 30
Location: Texas
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Adventure Race
Official Cause of Death: Drowning
Speculated Cause of Death: Drowning
Description: The mud run participant did not emerge from the portion of the race which involved crossing a river. His body was found 11pm on 4/15. Other participants describe chaos as people attempted to cross the river as many didn't realize they had to swim during the race.
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Eric Lederman

Eric Lederman
Date of Incident: 04/12/2012
Age: 12
Location: Illinois
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Baseball
Official Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Speculated Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Description: The baseball player when he was hit in the neck with a baseball during a training session.
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David Bailey

David Bailey
Date of Incident: 04/03/2012
Age: 50
Location: California
Level of Competition: Occupational
Sport: Firefighter
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: Captain Bailey suffered a fatal medical emergency while engaged in physical fitness activities at Los Angeles County Fire Department Camp 14 in Santa Clarita
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Paul Meyers

Paul Meyers
Date of Incident: 03/30/2012
Age: 33
Location: Tennessee
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Running
Official Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The runner collapsed during the half marathon between mile markers 8 and 9. He had no pulse and was transported to the local hospital where he was pronounced dead. He has a family history of cardiac issues.
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Micah True

Micah True
Date of Incident: 03/28/2012
Age: 58
Location: New Mexico
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Running
Official Cause of Death: Cardiomyopathy
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The extreme distance runner was found near a river on 3/31/12 after he failed to return from a 12 mile trail run on 3/28. The autopsy report diagnosed the runner with cardiomyopathy. Many abrasions were found on his elbows, forearms, knees, and shins, although there was no sign of trauma on his body.
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Tekau Rasayon

Tekau Rasayon
Date of Incident: 03/28/2012
Age: 17
Location: Maryland
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Physical Education Class
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The student was jogging on the track when she collapsed, was transported to the hospital and later pronounced dead.
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Connor Driscoll

Connor Driscoll
Date of Incident: 03/05/2012
Age: 19
Location: Wisconsin
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Swimming
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The swimmer "appeared to sink" without struggle while swimming laps in a university pool. He was immediately pulled from the pool by his roommate and two lifeguards but could not be resuscitated.
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Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly
Date of Incident: 03/04/2012
Age: 37
Location: Arkansas
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Running
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The runner collapsed during the half marathon near mile marker 11. EMS arrived within 2 hours and was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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Savannah Hardin

Savannah Hardin
Date of Incident: 02/17/2012
Age: 9
Location: Alabama
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Running / Punishment from Parents
Official Cause of Death: Hyponatremia
Speculated Cause of Death: Seizure
Description: The little girl was forced to run for 3 hours after lying to her grandmother about eating candy bars. The young girl suffered a seizure, was transported to the hospital and died.
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Forrest Varney

Forrest Varney
Date of Incident: 02/15/2012
Age: 17
Location: Missouri
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Basketball
Official Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The high school student, who plays on the boys basketball team, was participating in PE class when he collapsed. CPR was performed, but he passed away at the hospital. The school had an AED and someone went to retrieve it, but its unknown if it was used.
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Tyler Kopp

Tyler Kopp
Date of Incident: 02/02/2012
Age: 12
Location: New York
Level of Competition: Middle School
Sport: Lacrosse
Official Cause of Death: Commotio Cordis
Speculated Cause of Death: Commotio Cordis
Description: The lacrosse player was struck in the chest by a ball thrown from an opponent. He collapsed to the turn and was not breathing. An off duty firefighter performed CPR until the ambulance arrived 4 minutes later but never regained consciousness. He died 5 days later.
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Sharon Arwood

Sharon Arwood
Date of Incident: 02/02/2012
Age: 12
Location: Michigan
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Physical Education Class
Official Cause of Death: Ventricular Cardiac Arrhythmia
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The middle schooler was participating in PE class when she collapsed. She was attended to by staff but passed away.
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Tristan White

Tristan White
Date of Incident: 02/01/2012
Age: 17
Location: Colorado
Level of Competition: High School
Sport: Wrestling
Official Cause of Death: Cardiomyopathy
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The wrestler collapsed during wrestling practice and was transported to the local hospital. He was then air lifted to a regional medical center in Denver. He passed away 2 days later.
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Don Vautrinot

Don Vautrinot
Date of Incident: 01/20/2012
Age: 41
Location: Florida
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Weight Lifting
Official Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Speculated Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Description: The man, who is a basketball coach, was found trapped under 305 weightlifting bar at his home.
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Quentin Washington

Quentin Washington
Date of Incident: 01/19/2012
Age: 25
Location: Maryland
Level of Competition: Professional
Sport: Professional Wrestling
Official Cause of Death: Traumatic Brain Injury
Speculated Cause of Death: Traumatic Brain Injury
Description: The wrestler was practicing maneuvers when he fell and hit his head. He died the next day.
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Duane Ibarra

Duane Ibarra
Date of Incident: 01/19/2012
Age: 50
Location: Hawaii
Level of Competition: Occupational
Sport: Firefighter
Official Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The firefighter was on duty was he was found unresponsive in the workout room. He was pronounced dead despite efforts to revive him onsite.
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Bruce Turcotte

Bruce Turcotte
Date of Incident: 01/19/2012
Age: 58
Location: New Jersey
Level of Competition: Occupational
Sport: Firefighter
Official Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The firefighter suffered cardiac arrest during fire suppression. He was taken to the local hospital where he later died.
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Luke Swearingin

Luke Swearingin
Date of Incident: 01/18/2012
Age: 14
Location: Missouri
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Physical Education Class
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The 8th grader collapsed during warm-up routines in PE class. Staff members performed CPR, but he died at the hospital. He was also a Special Olympian.
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Josh Davis-Joiner

Josh Davis-Joiner
Date of Incident: 01/16/2012
Age: 17
Location: Wisconsin
Level of Competition: High School
Sport: Basketball
Official Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The high school senior collapsed early on during a basketball practice. He was immediately attended to with CPR by an assistant coach and the school nurse but he never regained consciousness. Defibrillation was attempted but was unsuccessful.
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David Morse

David Morse
Date of Incident: 01/14/2012
Age: 41
Location: Maine
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Skiing
Official Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Speculated Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Description: The man lost control while skiing on a family ski trip and hit a tree. He was wearing both a helmet and goggles. He was transported to a local hospital but died shortly after.
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Christopher Walker

Christopher Walker
Date of Incident: 01/11/2012
Age: 19
Location: Illinois
Level of Competition: Military
Sport: Navy Recruit
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The recruit became disoriented during a 1.5 mile run during the end of his 8 week boot camp when he collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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Robert Kieschnick

Robert Kieschnick
Date of Incident: 01/11/2012
Age: 29
Location: New Mexico
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Skiing
Official Cause of Death: Traumatic Brain Injury
Speculated Cause of Death: Traumatic Brain Injury
Description: The man fell while skiing and possibly hit his head on a rock. He was not wearing a helmet at the time. His wife, a nurse, was the first responder on the scene but he could not be saved.
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Marcum Asiamah

Marcum Asiamah
Date of Incident: 01/11/2012
Age: 15
Location: Connecticut
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Physical Education Class
Official Cause of Death: Drowning
Speculated Cause of Death: Drowning
Description: During a physical education class, the boy slipped underwater for a "short period of time". CPR was administered but the boy died in route to the hospital.
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Mathew Tautolo

Mathew Tautolo
Date of Incident: 01/10/2012
Age: 20
Location: California
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Physical Education Class
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The college student excused himself from class to get his shoes from his car and collapsed on the field. He was unable to be revived.
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Sarah Burke

Sarah Burke
Date of Incident: 01/10/2012
Age: 29
Location: Utah
Level of Competition: Professional
Sport: Skiing
Official Cause of Death: Traumatic Brain Injury
Speculated Cause of Death: Traumatic Brain Injury
Description: The skier was at the end of a training run when she fell and hit her head on the ground. She was in the hospital for 9 days before passing away.
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Robert Norr

Robert Norr
Date of Incident: 01/08/2012
Age: 20
Location: West Virginia
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Kayaking
Official Cause of Death: Drowning
Speculated Cause of Death: Drowning
Description: The kayaker became pinned under a rock while kayaking with his friends in a local river. His friends attempted to free the kayaker but were unsuccessful. His body was recovered by searchers.
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Jonathan Gray

Jonathan Gray
Date of Incident: 01/05/2012
Age: 18
Location: Massachusettes
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Exercising
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The student died while exercising at home during winter break.
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Cody Sherrell

Cody Sherrell
Date of Incident: 01/03/2012
Age: 14
Location: Washington
Level of Competition: Middle School
Sport: Basketball
Official Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: During a break, the teenager sat down and fell over on the basketball court on his first day of practice. He suffered cardiac arrest and was treated with defibillation when paramedics arrived at the scene although coaches did not use an AED due to difficulty finding the device's pads and using the machine. He was induced into a coma and therapeutic hypothermia but died six days later.
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Jerome Porter

Jerome Porter
Date of Incident: 12/28/2011
Age: 19
Location: Illinois
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Basketball
Official Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The student collapsed while playing a pick-up game of basketball in the University gymnasium. He was found lying on hid back after getting a drink of water.
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Sean Collins

Sean Collins
Date of Incident: 12/27/2011
Age: 59
Location: California
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Tennis
Official Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The athlete collapsed while playing tennis.
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Ty'Darius Penney

Ty'Darius Penney
Date of Incident: 12/14/2011
Age: 14
Location: Oklahoma
Level of Competition: Middle School
Sport: Wrestling
Official Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrhythmia
Speculated Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Description: The wrestler collapsed and became unresponsive during a cool-down at the end of practice. Coaches immediately attended the athlete until paramedics arrived.
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Fred Thompson

Fred Thompson
Date of Incident: 12/07/2011
Age: 19
Location: Oregon
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Basketball
Official Cause of Death: Cardiomegaly
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The athlete was playing basketball when he collapsed. He was rushed to he hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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Daniel Valenson

Daniel Valenson
Date of Incident: 12/05/2011
Age: 17
Location: Florida
Level of Competition: High School
Sport: Lacrosse
Official Cause of Death: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Speculated Cause of Death: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Description: The athlete was participating in winter conditioning drills consisting of speed and endurance drills. Early in the session he lied down as if taking a break but was found in distress. He passed away the next day in the hospital.
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Tylor Higgins

Tylor Higgins
Date of Incident: 11/29/2011
Age: 18
Location: Michigan
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Basketball
Official Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The coach collapsed after playing basketball during cross-training with the swim team. He stepped out to get air and was found outside in cardiac arrest. The head swim coach and custodian attempted resuscitation but he could not be revived.
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Kareen Hopkins

Kareen Hopkins
Date of Incident: 11/26/2011
Age: 16
Location: Minnesota
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Basketball
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The student collapsed and suffered a seizure while playing basketball with friends. Despite CPR and use of an AED, he was pronounced dead at the local hospital. He had a previously diagnosed heart condition that did not allow him to play competitive sports at school.
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Allen Scott Gill

Allen Scott Gill
Date of Incident: 11/24/2011
Age: 53
Location: Georgia
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Running
Official Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The man collapsed while running a 10K on Thanksgiving day and passed away in the hospital.
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Eldridge Jackson

Eldridge Jackson
Date of Incident: 11/23/2011
Age: 42
Location: North Carolina
Level of Competition: Military
Sport: Paratrooper
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Description: The man was running during physical training at the time of collapse.
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G. Chris Gleason

G. Chris Gleason
Date of Incident: 11/20/2011
Age: 40
Location: Pennsylvania
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Running
Official Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The experienced Ironman triathlete collapsed about a quarter mile from the finish line during a marathon. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital despite immediate medical attention.
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Jeffrey Lee

Jeffrey Lee
Date of Incident: 11/20/2011
Age: 21
Location: Pennsylvania
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Running
Official Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The runner collapsed just after the finishing his first half marathon. He went into cardiac arrest and later passed away at a local hospital.
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Gregory Baker

Gregory Baker
Date of Incident: 11/20/2011
Age: 52
Location: Ohio
Level of Competition: Occupational
Sport: Firefighter
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The firefighter fell ill while responding to a structure fire. He was placed on a heart monitor while EMS was called. He was flown to a local hospital where he passed away.
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Evan Massini

Evan Massini
Date of Incident: 11/18/2011
Age: 20
Location: Colorado
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Snowboarding
Official Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Speculated Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Description: The student died in a snowboarding accident when he crashed into a tree. Although he was wearing a helmet, his torso his the tree and caused massive internal injuries.
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Antonio Reyes

Antonio Reyes
Date of Incident: 11/17/2011
Age: 14
Location: Washington
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Physical Education Class
Official Cause of Death: Drowning
Speculated Cause of Death: Drowning
Description: The student was pulled from the bottom of a high school swimming pool while participating in a physical education class. The boy was underwater for more than 40 minutes before being discovered.
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Jorge Fernandez

Jorge Fernandez
Date of Incident: 11/13/2011
Age: 32
Location: Texas
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Running
Official Cause of Death: Exertional Heat Stroke
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The runner collapsed and passed away shortly after completing a half marathon in 79 degree temperature. CPR and an AED was utilized immediately. Forty-eight other runners were transported to hospitals due to heat-related injuries.
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Jim McNeil

Jim McNeil
Date of Incident: 11/11/2011
Age: 32
Location: Texas
Level of Competition: Professional
Sport: Motocross
Official Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Speculated Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Description: The motocross rider was practicing a ramp to ramp stunt when he crashed. He was flown to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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Melissa Brooks

Melissa Brooks
Date of Incident: 11/09/2011
Age: 34
Location: Florida
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Swimming
Official Cause of Death: Drowning
Speculated Cause of Death: Drowning
Description: The woman and her sister were swimming in the ocean and became caught in a rip current. She was transported to the hospital but did not survive her injuries.
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Ulysses Thomas

Ulysses Thomas
Date of Incident: 11/05/2011
Age: 58
Location: Georgia
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Running
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The runner collapsed near mile 23 during his first marathon.
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Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez
Date of Incident: 11/05/2011
Age: 15
Location: New York
Level of Competition: High School
Sport: Basketball
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The athlete collapsed during basketball tryouts when taking a water break. He later stopped breathing and was pronounced dead at a local hospital despite the use of CPR and an AED at the gymnasium.
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Lugens Telsaint

Lugens Telsaint
Date of Incident: 11/01/2011
Age: 20
Location: Connecticut
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Basketball
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The man collapsed while playing pickup basketball.
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Tiffany Cleckley

Tiffany Cleckley
Date of Incident: 11/01/2011
Age: 13
Location: South Carolina
Level of Competition: Middle School
Sport: Basketball
Official Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The eighth grader went into cardiac arrest following basketball tryouts. During the warmup she complained of a headache and sat out of practice. Shortly after she collapsed and passed away despite using CPR and an AED.
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Benjamin Herron

Benjamin Herron
Date of Incident: 10/31/2011
Age: 22
Location: Georgia
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Running
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The runner was found dead on the side of the road. Emergency workers attempted to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
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D'Andre Morgan

D'Andre Morgan
Date of Incident: 10/31/2011
Age: 14
Location: Georgia
Level of Competition: Middle School
Sport: Basketball
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The athlete collapsed during warmups of basketball tryouts. He was immediately transported to the hospital but died five days later.
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Charles Riske

Charles Riske
Date of Incident: 10/30/2011
Age: 37
Location: California
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Running
Official Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The runner collapsed just shy of the finish line while running a half marathon. CPR was administered on site and was rushed to a hospital where he passed away.
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Joseph Ciancola

Joseph Ciancola
Date of Incident: 10/24/2011
Age: 20
Location: Rhode Island
Level of Competition: Unknown
Sport: Baseball
Official Cause of Death: Inconclusive
Speculated Cause of Death: Exertional Heat Stroke
Description: The athlete passed away during a strength and conditioning session held in the off season. He received care at two hospitals but died three days later.
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Edward Thompson

Edward Thompson
Date of Incident: 10/23/2011
Age: 58
Location: Pennsylvania
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport: Running
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The runner collapsed while running the eighth leg of a relay during a 50 mile mountainback relay. Runners and volunteers performed CPR until EMS arrived. Despite efforts the athlete passed away before reaching the hospital.
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James Oatway

James Oatway
Date of Incident: 10/23/2011
Age: 60
Location: Florida
Level of Competition: Recreational
Sport:
Official Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Speculated Cause of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Description: The man flipped over a guardrail while cycling.  He fell about 40 feet and landed next to his bike.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Seamus Camp

Seamus Camp
Date of Incident: 10/22/2011
Age: 15
Location: Montana
Level of Competition: High School
Sport: Cross Country
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Description: The athlete collapsed during a state championship race at the 2 1/2 mile marker. CPR was immediately performed and the runner was transported to a local hospital where he died a week later.
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Steven Williams

Steven Williams
Date of Incident: 10/21/2011
Age: 26
Location: Texas
Level of Competition: Military
Sport: Air Force
Official Cause of Death: Unknown Information
Speculated Cause of Death: Exertional Sickling
Description: The recruit died after completing a 1.5 mile run during his final physical evaluation. He complained of feeling faint and left the track to sit. When he stood up to return to his dorm he collapsed.
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Dan Wheldon

Dan Wheldon
Date of Incident: 10/16/2011
Age: 33
Location: Nevada
Level of Competition: Professional
Sport: Racecar Driver
Official Cause of Death: Traumatic Brain Injury
Speculated Cause of Death: Traumatic Brain Injury
Description: The driver was caught in a fifteen car accident when his car went airborne and struck a catch fence. He was airlifted to a hospital where he passed away.
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Ridge Barden

Ridge Barden
Date of Incident: 10/14/2011
Age: 16
Location: New York
Level of Competition: High School
Sport: Football
Official Cause of Death: Subdural Hematoma
Speculated Cause of Death: Subdural Hematoma
Description: During a football game after a tackle, the athlete became groggy but then coherent once the medical staff came to him. He attempted to stand but collapsed and was rushed to a hospital. His condition then quickly deteriorated.
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