Fred Thompson had enlarged heart

Updated: December 9, 2011, 6:52 PM ET
Associated Press

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A medical examiner says an Oregon State defensive tackle who collapsed and died during a pickup basketball game had an enlarged heart.

Fred Thompson died Wednesday.

Dr. Karen Gunson said Friday that the 19-year-old had increased thickness of the heart muscle, which can cause an irregular heartbeat during strenuous exercise.

She says the condition is a common cause of death in young athletes who seem completely healthy but die during heavy exercise.

Thompson's ...

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