ME's office awaiting toxicology results

Updated: October 12, 2004, 3:06 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- An autopsy was performed on Ken Caminiti on Monday, though the cause of the 1996 National League MVP's death may not be known for 10 days.

The city medical examiner's office performed the autopsy but could not rule on a cause of death until toxicology tests were complete, spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said. That process could take as long as 10 days.

The 41-year-old Caminiti, who admitted using steroids during his major-league career, died Sunday. Caminiti's agent-lawyer Rick Licht said Caminiti died of a heart attack.

Caminiti's 15-year big-league career ended in 2001. He was a three-time All-Star third baseman and a unanimous pick for MVP in 1996 when he led the San Diego Padres to the World Series.

However, he also battled drug and alcohol problems during his career. In May 2002, he told Sports Illustrated he used steroids during his career. Just last Tuesday, he admitted in a Houston court that he violated his probation by using cocaine last month and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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