Gary Tinsley death: Gophers senior linebacker died due to enlarged heart
Late yesterday, the Hennepin County medical examiner's office announced that 22-year-old University of Minnesota football player Gary Tinsley died due to an enlarged heart.
Tinsley had a condition called cardiomegaly, more commonly known as an enlarged heart, which can be developed temporarily because of a stress on the body or because of a medical condition.
Tinsley was found unresponsive the morning of April 6 and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Police initially said they regarded the death as "suspicious," though they acknowledged there was nothing about the scene suggested a crime had been committed.
Indeed, reports that day indicated "no foul play is suspected and police don't believe alcohol or drugs contributed to [Tinsley's] death." Yesterday's announcement seems to confirm that account.
Tinsley was a four-year member of the Gophers football team and started every game in his final two seasons with the Gophers. He led the team with 90 tackles as a junior and had 87 tackles and four sacks his senior season.
Just days before his death, The Bleacher Report characterized Tinsley as the team's "best defensive player for the last two seasons." He was set to graduate this May and was hoping to play in the NFL.
The University of Minnesota plans to award Tinsley his diploma posthumously next month.
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