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Medical examiner rules Kennedy died of heart disease

Updated: January 15, 2008, 2:06 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Major league pitcher Joe Kennedy was afflicted with a condition that caused his heart to suddenly stop beating at his in-laws' home in November, when he collapsed and later died.

A final report on the 28-year-old player's death on Nov. 23 has not been issued. But an autopsy found he had hypertensive heart disease, a condition that hardens the heart's walls and can cause it to stop beating, said Dr. Vernard Adams, the Hillsborough County medical examiner.

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