Coroner: Urso died of genetic defect

BY foxsports • September 21, 2012

An Ohio coroner says Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso died of a genetic defect of the heart and the death was considered natural.

The 22-year-old Urso was pronounced dead in August at Grant Medical Center after collapsing at a downtown Columbus bar and restaurant.

Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak said Friday that Urso died of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy.

“After a complete autopsy and further testing, we determined that Kirk Urso died of a natural disease known as Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy, which is a genetic defect of the heart,” said Franklin County Coroner Dr. Jan Gorniak.

Gorniak added: Additional microscopic examinations beneath the heart tissue revealed this cause of death, and at this time we can conclude that Kirk’s death was completely natural.”

“This information helps to bring some sort of closure to the sudden and tragic loss of our teammate and friend,” Crew President and General Manager Mark McCullers said.

“We continue to honor and remember Kirk as we battle through the rest of the season, and hold our fond memories of him close to help us persevere.”

Urso played in six games with the Crew and was rehabbing from a sports-groin injury sustained in May. McCullers said the news helps bring closure to the sudden and tragic loss of Urso.


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