Autopsy: 49ers Offensive Lineman Died From Right Artery Blockage

Denver (AP) An autopsy on the body of Thomas Herrion shows the San Francisco offensive lineman died of ischemic heart disease, or a significant blockage in his right coronary artery. The 23–year–old Fort Worth, Texas native died after collapsing in a locker room August 20th, following a preseason game against
the Broncos in Denver.

Medics administered C.P.R. before an ambulance took him to a Denver hospital, but Herrion was pronounced dead about three hours later. Denver's coroner says the blockage in Herrion's artery caused "death of heart muscle," and that the athlete's heart was slightly enlarged.

Further tests show the only drug present in Herrion's system was one administered during efforts to resuscitate him. Herrion was seen smiling and joking on the field moments before he collapsed.

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