Fallen Basketball Player Had Enlarged Heart

By: AP
By: AP
An autopsy shows that Wes Leonard died of a heart attack brought on by an enlarged heart. Leonard is the Fennville High School basketball player who scored the winning basket and collapsed on the court during a celebration at the end of the game.

The Associated Press
Members of the Fennville High School basketball team lift Wes Leonard, top, after he made a game-winning layup in overtime against Bridgman, in Fennville, Mich. , Thursday night, March 23, 2011. After making the shot, the Michigan high school star collapsed on the court and later died.

HOLLAND, Mich. -- An autopsy shows a western Michigan high school basketball player who collapsed on the court and later died after making a game-winning shot had an enlarged heart.
The Ottawa County medical examiner says the official cause of death is cardiac arrest due to the enlarged heart.
The autopsy on Wes Leonard was conducted Friday.
The 16-year-old from Fennville High was pronounced dead Thursday at Holland Hospital.
He had scored the game-winning layup in a 57-55 overtime win over Bridgman to cap Fennville's 20-0 season. Leonard fell to the ground during a post-game celebration.


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