Tests to determine cause of death expected to take 6-8 weeks

Updated: November 24, 2007, 1:09 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Medical tests to determine the cause of death of left-handed pitcher Joe Kennedy are expected to take about six to eight weeks.

Results of Kennedy's autopsy are pending the completion of the tests, said forensic investigator Amanda Whidden on Saturday. She is with Hillsborough County's medical examiner's office.

Kennedy, a journeyman who pitched for three major-league teams last season, died at his in-laws' home Friday at age 28. The death shocked former teammates and executives around Major League Baseball.

Kennedy woke up at about 1:15 a.m. Friday and collapsed as he was leaving a bedroom at the home of his wife's parents, Hillsborough County sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue took Kennedy to Brandon Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Kennedy spent seven years in the majors, playing last season with Oakland, Arizona and Toronto. He also spent time with Tampa Bay and Colorado and had a 43-61 career record with a 4.79 ERA in 222 appearances.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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