Coroner: Ark. football player had heart condition
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A coroner says a heart condition that was likely undiagnosed killed the Arkansas football player who was found dead in his dorm room over the weekend.
The Washington County coroner released the cause of death Tuesday for Garrett Uekman (EHK'-man).
The 19-year-old freshman was found unconscious Sunday in his dorm room on campus. He was last seen playing video games by a roommate about an hour earlier.
Coroner Roger Morris says that to the best of his knowledge, the heart condition hadn't been previously detected. Morris says many young men have the condition that thickens the walls of the heart and causes an irregular heartbeat.
He says Uekman's toxicology report came back with no indications of improper drug use.
Uekman was a redshirt tight end for the No. 3 Razorbacks.