Originally posted by stanton: I thought the reason he died was he had a heart defect.
No, there was no heart defect either. That was another speculation prior to the autopsy results. The only abnormality was "sickle-cell trait," which is really not super uncommon in those of African descent. There is some evidence that those with sickle-cell trait are less resistant to cardiac arrhythmia when the body is under heavy stress. The heavy stress put him in that situation, and the cardiac arrhythmia took his life. In other words, there was really nothing major wrong with him and he simply worked himself to death. Tragic.