UMaine football player’s death ruled ‘natural’

Darius Minor, 18, of Locust Grove, Virginia, collapsed and died during a July practice.

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Maine’s medical examiner says a University of Maine football player collapsed and died of a heart condition during a preseason workout on campus.

The Bangor Daily News reports that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta says an autopsy on 18-year-old Darius Minor shows he died of an acute aortic dissection.

The office has ruled Minor’s death as “natural” and said that hypertensive cardiovascular disease was a contributing factor.

Minor, a political science major from Locust Grove, Virginia, was one of 17 first-year student-athletes participating in the workout when he died July 24. Training staff and first responders were unable to resuscitate him.

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Head coach Joe Harasymiak said that Minor had passed physical exams from the UMaine team doctor as well as minor’s doctor in Virginia.

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