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  • Daniel Rumph, age 21, Philadelphia, PA

    Sudden Death Of Basketball Player Explained

    May 10, 2005 11:02 pm US/Eastern
    PHILADELPHIA (KYW) There are new developments in the mysterious death of a star Philadelphia basketball player. Medical Reporter Stephanie Stahl reports it is now known what caused Daniel Rumph to collapse on the court Sunday.

    Daniel Rumph had the same heart condition that killed another Philadelphia basketball player, Hank Gathers. It is a disease called cardiomyopathy.

    21-year-old, Daniel Rumph, was a Jr. Guard at Western Kentucky University. He had been a star at Parkway High School in West Philadelphia

    Rumph collapsed at a city gym Sunday after a pickup basketball game.

    His family says he was the picture of health

    The Division One athlete died of cardiomyopathy according to the Philadelphia Medical Examiner

    It is a type of heart disease where the heart becomes enlarged, thickened, and sometimes stiff.

    It can be genetic or caused by a virus. There are many causes of cardiomyopathy.

    The symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, weakness, and sometimes there are none.

    Philadelphia basketball star, Hank Gathers, also had cardiomyopathy. He was diagnosed, but stopped taking his medication, and collapsed while playing for Loyola Marymount.

    Cardiomyopathy kills 27-thousand people a year.

    The American Heart Association says it is relatively common and when diagnosed it can be treated with medications.

    For some still unknown reason this type of heart disease is unusually common among basketball players, Reggie Lewis of the Boston Celtics also suffered from cardiomyopathy.

    (© MMV, CBS Broadcasting Inc., All Rights Reserved.)


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    Thanks for posting this Sharon I have recieved a call from an AP reporter and he may be attending the meeting to learn more about HCM, SD and what we can do to change things.

    God Bless Daniel.

    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)