More tests needed for Collier cause of death

Updated: October 16, 2005, 4:28 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Autopsy results in the death of Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier will not be available until Monday at the earliest.

Jason Collier
Collier

The autopsy on the 7-foot, 260-pound player has been performed but other tests are needed, the coroner said Sunday.

"Due to the weekend and the case volume of the pathologist, further testing will not begin until Monday," coroner Lauren W. McDonald III said. "It would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of Mr. Collier's death until further examinations are completed."

The 28-year-old player died early Saturday after he had trouble breathing in his home, according to his father.

Jeff Collier told The Associated Press his son died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital and did not have any diagnosed health problems apart from his knees.

General manager Billy Knight said Collier had "no issues" in a preseason physical given to all players.

Collier's agent, Richard Howell said his client was in good shape. He said Collier and his wife ate at a restaurant Friday night and returned home, where Collier spent time playing with his daughter.

"He started feeling real bad in the middle of the night," said Howell, who spoke with Collier's wife, Katie.

Collier was a part-time starting center the last two seasons after playing mostly as a backup in three years at Houston. He began his college career at Indiana before transferring to Georgia Tech.

NBA commissioner David Stern said Collier "epitomized hard work, dedication and perseverance, and more importantly compassion, kindness and selflessness."


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