|The Sparks’ Margo Dydek scored against Seattle in 2008. (Kevork Djansezian/Associated Press)|
Margo Dydek, 37; ex-WNBA player held record for blocks
BRISBANE, Australia — Margo Dydek, a 7-foot-2 former WNBA player who led the league in blocks nine times, died yesterday at 37 after being placed in a medically induced coma following a heart attack a week ago.
Her death was confirmed by Cathy Roberts of the Northside Wizards in the Queensland Basketball League, where Ms. Dydek was the coach.
Ms. Dydek, who was pregnant with her third child, suffered the heart attack on May 19 and collapsed at her home in Brisbane. Roberts said that Ms. Dydek was at an early stage in her pregnancy and that the child had also died.
Ms. Dydek, a native of Poland, was the No. 1 pick in the 1998 WNBA draft by the Utah Starzz. She also played for San Antonio, Connecticut, and Los Angeles.
Ms. Dydek was once said to be the tallest professional female basketball player in the world.
She held the record for most blocks in a WNBA career, with 877 in 323 games. She leaves her husband, David, and two sons, David, 3, and Alex, seven months.