Rodriguez's death ruled accidental

Updated: November 25, 2009, 2:10 PM ET
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The Philadelphia medical examiner's office has determined that Chicago boxer Francisco Rodriguez died from a "full-blunt impact injury" and ruled his death an accident, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Rodriguez, a 25-year-old former Golden Gloves champion, was rushed into brain surgery Friday night at Philadelphia's Hahnemann University Hospital after being knocked out by Teon Kennedy in the 10th round of a regional super bantamweight title fight. He never regained consciousness and died Sunday.

Rodriguez's family donated at least eight of his organs, giving one of his kidneys to an uncle who had been on a transplant waiting list for a long time.

"My family is desperately grieving the loss of Paco, but there is some comfort knowing that he will save at least eight lives and benefit so many families," Rodriguez's brother, Alex, said Tuesday. "My brother was so strong and healthy. ... His heart and lungs were in perfect condition. It would have been a terrible waste not to share his life with others. How could we not help another family?"

Rodriguez (14-3-1, 8 KOs), was born in Mexico but grew up in Chicago. He was a five-time Chicago Golden Gloves Champion, a 2000 National Golden Gloves bronze medalist and, in 2001, when he was 17, a National Golden Gloves Champion. In 2004, Rodriguez advanced to the U.S. Olympic trials by outpointing Kennedy.

Rodriguez is survived by is wife, a 5-month-old daughter, his parents and two brothers.

An account had been established to help with the family's heavy medical expenses. Donations can be made to the Francisco Rodriguez Estate fund account #707331062 at any Chase Bank location.

ESPN.com boxing writer Dan Rafael contributed to this report.

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