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Posted on 11/20/2011 7:06:21 PM PST by kcvl
(CNN) -- University of Arkansas authorities say they see no "suspicious circumstances" surrounding the death of a 19-year-old football player who was was found dead in his room Sunday.
Garrett Uekman, a sophomore tight end for the Razorbacks, was found unconscious and unresponsive in his room about 11:15 a.m., the university said in a written statement Sunday afternoon. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly after noon.
A roommate last saw Uekman playing video games about an hour earlier, "and he appeared to be in good health," the university said. An autopsy will be performed.
"The cause of Uekman's death is not known at this time, but there are no suspicious circumstances," the statement said.
Uekman, of Little Rock, "was living his dream of going to the U of A and playing football for the Razorbacks," parents Danny and Michelle Uekman said in a statement released through the school. He appeared in nine games for the 10-1 Arkansas squad this season.
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Incredibly sad. Wow. College football sure has been rocked this year with tragedy. :( Many prayers for his family.
God be with this family.
Many prayers for his family, friends, and the Arkansas team. It’s truly sad to lose someone so young and seeingly so healthy.
Prayers for the family.
This is truly sad.
It is tragedies of this proportion that put things back into perspective. I am an ardent University of Alabama fan, balled up in the success of the SEC West. My prayers go up for the Uekman family. Perhaps the Razorbacks can dedicate the remainder of this season to this young man. I remember Chuckie Mullins at Ole Miss. So many people care so deeply. So sad. Words fail me.
It does put everything into perspective, that’s for sure.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas’ football team was in mourning Sunday following the death of backup tight end Garrett Uekman.
The university said Uekman was pronounced dead at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville on Sunday.
The cause of death wasn’t immediately known, but the university said Uekman was found unconscious and unresponsive in his dorm room on campus at approximately 11:15 a.m. Sunday. He was last seen playing video games by a roommate approximately an hour earlier.
Arkansas tight end Garrett Uekman died in Fayetteville on Sunday. He played in nine games for the Razorbacks this year.
When emergency services personnel arrived, Uekman was in cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at 12:10 p.m.
“Garrett Uekman was a special member of our family, and we are all saddened by his passing,” Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement. “His loss is a terrible shock, and it makes you realize how precious life is.”
University police Lt. Mat Mills said there were no suspicious circumstances about Uekman’s death, and his body will be sent to the state medical examiner for an autopsy.
Petrino spoke briefly Sunday night, fighting back tears as he read from a statement. He noted that Uekman’s final game, Arkansas’ 44-17 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday, was in Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium — where he played his high school games while at Little Rock Catholic.
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long also spoke and said the university wasn’t aware of any pre-existing medical condition with Uekman. He said the Razorbacks’ players showed “shock and dismay” when told of Uekman’s death at an afternoon team meeting.
Long also said the school would hold a candlelight vigil Monday night in honor of Uekman and said his family had expressed the desire for the No. 3 Razorbacks to play Friday’s game at No. 1 LSU as scheduled.
“Certainly the feelings of Garrett’s family (are) that football and the University of Arkansas and the Razorbacks were very important to him,” Long said. “And that he would want us to continue to complete.”
The 19-year-old Uekman redshirted last season for the Razorbacks and played in nine games this season. He was majoring in applied exercise science.
Uekman’s parents, Danny and Michelle, released a statement through the university.
“Our son was living his dream of going to the U of A and playing football for the Razorbacks,” the statement read. “He loved his school, his coaches, and his teammates and classmates, and was an influence and inspiration to so many people. We ask for your love and prayers for Garrett, our family and his friends as we all cope with this heavy and painful loss.”
David Estes, the football coach at Little Rock Catholic where Uekman played in high school, said he was told by Arkansas running backs coach Tim Horton that Uekman had been found by his roommate in his dorm room on campus. Estes said he watched Uekman play and was “beaming from ear to ear” Saturday night in War Memorial Stadium as the Razorbacks beat Mississippi State.
“Garrett was any parent or coach’s dream,” Estes said. “He was one of those special kids and had a passion for everything. He loved Catholic High, loves UA and wanted to be a Razorback forever.
“He got to live that dream.”
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Prayers for the family.
LSU fans extend our condolences.
Wild-ass guessing on my part, but maybe a combination of low blood pressure and DVT? When I was in the army, I had to have two wisdom teeth extracted. Prior to the extraction, the nurse did a BP reading, and my BP was something like 90/50 from all the exercise I had been doing. So combine that with sitting long periods of time playing video games, and you have a recipe for DVT and a bad ending.
DVT = Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep venal thrombosis. Basically a bad blood clot, IIRC.
Could be. They flew home last night after the game. That did pop into my head when I heard.
See you Friday.
So sad. God bless his family, friends, and all those associated with the Razorback program.
Enlarged heart played part in death
Arkansas tight end Garrett Uekman, who collapsed in his dorm room and died later at Washington Medical Center in Fayetteville, is congratulated by fans at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock after an early season victory. An enlarged heart contributed to Uekmans death.
By Matthew Harris
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Arkansas tight end Garrett Uekman died as a result of an enlarged heart and a progressive condition that causes an irregular heartbeat and restricts the organs ability to pump blood, Washington County Coroner Roger Morris said Tuesday.
He could have gotten it from a virus, or it could be genetic. But I’d think if it were genetic it would have shown up on an EKG.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. Its hard to fathom anything that would overshadow a college football programs biggest game in more than four decades yet thats exactly what has happened this week in Arkansas.
Arkansas Razorbacks players, coaches and fans have spent the week mourning the loss of Garrett Uekman, a 19-year-old redshirt freshman tight end who died Sunday of an undiagnosed enlarged heart less than 24 hours after playing in a 44-17 win over Mississippi State.
The shocking news shifted focus from the No. 3 Hogs impending showdown Friday at top-ranked Louisiana State a game with national title implications for both teams while the team and fans grieved.
Arkansas players are determined to rally around the loss of their teammate for the high-stakes regular-season finale at Tiger Stadium.
A team with something to play for can be dangerous, but a team with someone to play for is unstoppable, Brey Cook, a freshman offensive lineman for the Razorbacks, posted on Facebook on Sunday night.
In a week of unanswered questions, though, the Razorbacks have been silent, canceling all scheduled news media opportunities until after the game. The team was present at an emotional candlelight vigil in a basketball arena with several thousand mourners, a ceremony that included moving eulogies of Uekman by his teammate Austin Tate and Coach Bobby Petrino.
Fans and players are replacing Woo Pig Sooie the legendary Hog Call cheer with W88 Pig S88ie, a tribute to Uekmans No. 88. Everyone, it seems, will be carrying Uekmans memory into Fridays game.
This year, L.S.U. enters a regional and conference rivalry, termed the Battle for the Golden Boot since 1996, as the unstoppable team, undefeated and ranked No. 1.
The Razorbacks can take a huge step toward a national championship by beating L.S.U. on Friday.
This is why were here, Petrino said. This is what we want to do. This is what its all about, go play in huge games with a lot at stake.
For Arkansas, it would be a win for the ages.
A win for Uekman.
To the outside world we will take the field without number 88, Petrino said at the vigil. They could not be more wrong. Garrett will be there, planted firmly in the heart and soul of every Razorback that takes the field, sits in the stands or watches on TV.
He is part of us and will be forever. He would have wanted us to compete. He would have wanted us to play passionately with everything we have. With your support, we will do just that.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A heart condition that likely was undiagnosed killed the University of Arkansas football player who was found unconscious in his dorm room over the weekend, a coroner said Tuesday.
Washington County coroner Roger Morris said that to the best of his knowledge, Garrett Uekman’s condition, called cardiomyopathy, was not previously detected. In the condition, the heart becomes enlarged.
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long has said the university wasn’t aware of any pre-existing medical condition for Uekman. A university spokesman declined comment because school officials hadn’t yet seen the written report.
Uekman’s toxicology report came back with no indications of improper drug use, Morris said. He said the manner of death was natural. University police have said there were no suspicious circumstances about Uekman’s death.
There are several types of cardiomyopathy, though it wasn’t clear which type Uekman suffered from, Morris said. One kind, called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, thickens the heart and makes it harder to pump blood, and is often the culprit when young athletes suddenly collapse and die. Symptoms can include an irregular heartbeat and shortness of breath. In many cases, it goes undetected.
“This young man may have not shown any signs (being) in that great of physical shape,” Morris said.
With cardiomyopathy there is such a thing as compensation for the weak heart. This can be a rapid pulse, high blood pressure, and the retention of fluids, but they also end up causing the heart to enlarge more. Weightlifting can also cause the heart to enlarge. Eventually the heart can’t keep up and the compensation ends. In the best case this leads to profound weakness and shortness of breath, or sudden cardiac arrest, which sadly in too many cases is the first noticed symptom.