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    State: basketball player died of natural heart condition
    Friday April 01, 2005

    BOSTON (AP) A college basketball player from Boston who died after collapsing on court during a game in Worcester had a fatal heart condition, the state Office of Public Safety said Friday.

    Antwoine Key, 22, who played for Eastern Connecticut State University, collapsed during the opening minutes of a game with Worcester State on Jan. 20.

    An autopsy was completed shortly after he died, but the finding was delayed because the state medical examiner couldn't determine the cause of death before consulting a heart specialist, said Katie Ford, spokeswoman for the state Executive Office of Public Safety. The state received the results on Thursday, she said.

    Key suffered from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart due to a natural disorder of the heart muscle cells, Ford said.

    ``This is a problem that this individual had for a long time and it got to the point where it killed him during this basketball game,'' Ford said. ``There wasn't anything else that contributed to his death.''

    Key, a 6-foot-4 senior, was a sports and leisure management major. He was a 2001 graduate of West Roxbury High School.

    (Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

    In the interest of timeliness, this story is fed directly from the Associated Press newswire and may contain occasional typographical errors.
    • 1995: Brigham & Women’s Hospital - diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation
    • 2004: Falkner Hospital – diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure
    • 2004: Tufts NEMC– diagnosed with “End Stage” Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
    • 2005: Genetic Test – Laboratory for Molecular Medicine. HCM confirmed – missense mutation detected in TNNT2 gene
    • 2009: Brigham & Women’s - Third cardioversion begin Amiodarone for AFib
    • 2011: Brigham & Women’s - Medtronic ICD implant

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    I have been in touch with the school and am working on going to the school in April/May to speak to the athletic teams. One of Antwoine's friends has been organizing this event. I expect to hear from her this week to set the date and details.

    God Bless Antwoine.

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