Coroner: Ark. football player had heart condition

Source: University of Arkansas
Source: University of Arkansas

A coroner says a heart condition that likely was undiagnosed killed the University of Arkansas football player who was found unconscious in his dorm room over the weekend.

The Washington County coroner released the cause of death Tuesday for Garrett Uekman (EHK'-man).

The 19-year-old freshman was found unresponsive Sunday in his dorm room on campus.

A roommate last saw him playing video games about an hour earlier. Coroner Roger Morris says that to the best of his knowledge, the heart condition hadn't been previously detected.

In the condition, called cardiomyopathy, the heart muscle becomes enlarged.

He says Uekman's toxicology report came back with no indications of improper drug use. Uekman was a redshirt tight end for the No. 3 Razorbacks.

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