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  • God Bless Kevin Duckworth

    Duckworth died of heart disease
    Associated Press
    2:27 PM CDT, August 27, 2008
    PORTLAND, Ore. - Officials in Oregon say an autopsy shows former Portland Trail Blazers center Kevin Duckworth died when his enlarged heart failed.

    Duckworth died Monday at 44 on the Oregon coast, where he was on a goodwill tour for the team.

    The Oregon State Police said Wednesday the autopsy was done by Dr. Larry Lewman. He's a state medical examiner who concluded that Duckworth died of "hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with congestive heart failure."

    The police statement says the heart disease had combined with high blood pressure to result in "marked enlargement of his heart which had been failing for some time."



    Duckworth was born in the Chicago suburb of Harvey and went to college at Eastern Illinois University.
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    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)
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