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Coroner: Cal's Ted Agu died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Nearly three months after California defensive lineman Ted Agu died after collapsing on a "supervised training run" a cause of death has been determined.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that, according to the Alameda County coroner's office, Agu died as a result of a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It's the same disease that claimed the life of former basketball players Hank Gathers and Reggie Lewis.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy leads to the hypertrophying (or thickening) of the heart muscle, and it's one of the leading causes of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. It is unknown if Agu was aware he had the condition.

Cal team physician Dr. Casey Batten was on "a supervised training run" with the entire team and "multiple members of the medical staff in attendance." According to Batten, the medical staff witnessed Agu having trouble completing the run and removed him from it, putting him on a cart and taking him to the medical area. When Agu became unresponsive the staff performed CPR and called the emergency staff.

Agu was then taken to Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley where he was pronounced dead.

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