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Autopsy Fails to Determine Cause of Death

December 5, 1995

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ An autopsy has failed to determine what caused the death of the son of Oregon assistant coach and former Dallas Cowboys defensive back Charlie Waters.

Cody Waters, a senior at Marist High School where he played soccer and football, died in his sleep Sunday night.

Frank Ratti, deputy medical examiner for Lane County, said the autopsy conducted Monday did not provide any clues to why the boy died.

The boy did not die of heart disease, coronary artery problems, an aneurysm or any other obvious cause, Ratti said. Further tests would be conducted, he said.

``For a young person to die of no obvious cause is rare,″ Ratti said.

The boy did have an episode indicating a medical problem in the past, Ratti said, but he declined to be specific.

Cody reportedly had not been feeling well and was scheduled to undergo medical tests Monday, The Register-Guard newspaper reported.

The boy died less than two weeks before his 18th birthday.

``It’s hard to understand when someone that young dies of natural causes,″ football coach Dave Sugar said. ``You just don’t expect that to happen to a 17-year-old kid.″

Cody, an all-league player in football and soccer, had moved to Eugene with his family from Denver, where his father was an assistant coach of the Denver Broncos for seven seasons.

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