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Teen Player Dies of Heart Attack

August 27, 2001

LULING, Texas (AP) _ A 15-year-old student who died shortly after football practice had a heart attack and his death was not related to heat stress or drugs.

The preliminary findings regarding Steven Taylor’s death Aug. 17 were announced Monday by Garland Grice, a county official who handles autopsy reports.

Officials were awaiting a medical examiner’s report before making a final ruling.

Taylor, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound sophomore, had been expected to start at defensive end and tight end at Luling High School this year. His mother found him unconscious and not breathing about 40 minutes after he left practice on Aug. 17.

The deaths of Taylor and Leonard Carter, 14, of Houston along with other football player deaths across the country this summer have heightened parents’ awareness of heat dangers.

Carter died earlier this month after collapsing during a morning scrimmage. He had an enlarged heart, and doctors said heat played a minimal role.

Korey Stringer of the Minnesota Vikings died Aug. 1 of heatstroke after practice.

Florida player Eraste Autin died of heatstroke and Northwestern safety Rashidi Wheeler died Aug. 3 after an asthma attack during practice.

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