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  • HCM death of 26 yr old

    It appears this is an HCM related death:

    Ryan Deon Cheung

    Former Irvine resident Ryan Deon Cheung collapsed and died of a heart attack
    Jan. 22 in Hong Kong while he was practicing basketball. He was 26.

    His ashes were expected to arrive from Hong Kong this week and a memorial
    celebration is planned for Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. at Mariners Church, 5001
    Newport Coast Drive. The Rev. Richard Harris will officiate and a luncheon will
    follow. Private interment will be at Pacific View Memorial Park, Newport Beach.

    Mr. Cheung was born Oct. 25, 1976, in Hollywood. His family moved to Irvine
    in 1979 and they lived in Turtle Rock. He attended Turtle Rock Elementary School
    and Rancho San Joaquin Middle School. He graduated in 1994 from University High
    School, where at 6 feet 5 inches he played center on the varsity basketball
    team. For three years he was elected to the Associated Student Body Council. In
    his senior year he was class president. The large blue Trojan sign painted on
    the wall of the gym was a gift from his class.

    He had many friends and was devoted to his parents, Maxwell and Rose Cheung.

    ''He was a people person and always the center of warmth and love,''
    remembered his mother.

    His close friend from high school, now a Uni High basketball coach, Amir
    Khalilpour, spoke about Mr. Cheung Tuesday.

    ''A strong memory for me is we all used basketball as a tool to become close
    friends with the others on the team. We became like a family and Ryan was a
    strong leader of that family,'' he said.

    ''He was a person who didn't look at the exterior and always gave people a
    chance. I have so many great memories of him. He was too young to be taken.''

    Mr. Cheung received a bachelor's degree in 1998 in business and political
    science from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. During his time in college he
    attended a summer course at Oxford in the United Kingdom. While attending Emory
    University he did an internship with CNN and worked at the Atlanta Summer
    Olympics for Kodak.

    After a short stint with Kurt Salmon Associates, a management consulting firm
    in Atlanta, he was recruited by Lemon, a Hong Kong-based company specializing in
    digital marketing and corporate communications. He was recently promoted to the
    position of managing director.

    His father remembered him as humorous, playful and a good student. But his
    real love was basketball and he continued to play after high school, first as a
    student at Emory University and then recreationally.

    He was adventurous and athletic. He loved to travel and had gone to many
    parts of the world both alone and with friends, including Panama, Nepal, Europe,
    China and Southeast Asia.

    He enjoyed mountain climbing, water skiing and diving as well as snow skiing
    and wakeboarding. He also loved contemporary music and reading, said his

    Mr. Cheung loved Mexican food, In-n-Out burgers and Nick's Pizzas. It was
    only after he moved to Hong Kong that he began to enjoy Chinese food, said his

    He was close to his parents and sister, Roselyn. She works for Lemon in Hong
    Kong as well and the two shared a close bond throughout their childhood,
    according to their father. They lived and worked together in Hong Kong for the
    past three years, and traveled throughout Asia.

    In 2001, Mr. Cheung met Jennifer Chan in Hong Kong and fell in love.

    ''Throughout their time together they shared extraordinary love, and the joy
    that they brought to one another shone in their eyes and faces every day,'' said
    his father.

    Mr. Cheung is survived by his parents, Maxwell and Rose Cheung, of Irvine;
    his sister, Roselyn Cheung, of Hong Kong; and his girlfriend, Jennifer Chan, of
    Hong Kong.

    The family asked that memorial donations be made to the Minneapolis Heart
    Institute Foundation, a nonprofit research and education organization. Donations
    may be sent to HCM Tribute/Memorial Fund, Minneapolis Heart Institute
    Foundation, 920 E. 28th St., Minneapolis, Minn. 55407.
    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

  • #2
    Hi Lisa - just had a neighbor athlete die this morning at Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta, Ga. The student, a 17 year old football player/track runner was working out with the team during winter workouts, running windsprints when he collapsed. He lost consciousness, CPR was adminstered but to no avail. He died 2 hours later. As you can imagine, the student body and community are devastated. I am now more determined than ever to get defibs in the schools in our community. Another student in south Ga. passed away on Tuesday, same thing - both are suspected to have HCM. Will let you know when and if this is confirmed cause of death.


    • #3
      We will pray for the strength and support these families will need to move forward through this difficult time. Linda


      • #4
        Derrick Plankenhorn

        qoute from the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

        "An autopsy performed Thursday revealed Derrick had a slightly enlarged heart, but Coroner Jake Futch said that was not alarming. The autopsy was otherwise inconclusive, and investigators will have to wait as long as six weeks for the completion of toxicology tests, Futch said."

        It appears to me another case of a doctor not being fully educated. I suppose they're looking to blame ephedra.
        No determination for Ryan Boslet yet.


        • #5
          so typical!

          I really go nuts when I hear a doctor say "this organ is ___, but that is 'normal' or nothing to worry about." Like the kidney that is inflamed or the lung that is spotty or the heart that is too big. Yeah. Sure.

          Sorry, I'm very bitter about this. When something is not normal and the kid is dead, you think they would have the thought to maybe wonder why an otherwise normal, healthy boy would have an enlarged heart --even if he is athletic.



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