Pitcher Died of Heart Problem

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ A medical examiner says Major League Baseball
pitcher Joe Kennedy died from a natural condition that caused his heart to stop beating suddenly.

The 28-year-old Kennedy was at his in-laws' house in Brandon on
November 23rd when he collapsed and later died. A final report on his death has not been issued. But an autopsy found he had hypertensive heart disease, a condition that hardens the heart's walls and can cause it to stop beating.

The medical examiner also says the left-hander had myxoid valvular disease. It's a condition that affects the way blood flows through a valve that separates the upper and lower chambers on the heart's left side. Both conditions can lead to a higher risk of cardiac arrest.

Kennedy was supposed to attend a wedding the day he died.


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