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Autopsy Shows Player’s Death Wasn’t Due to Head Injury

January 3, 1996

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) _ Preliminary results from an autopsy Tuesday failed to determine the cause of death of Maryland-Baltimore County basketball player Matthew Skalsky, who was found dead after a New Year’s Eve party in Darnestown.

The autopsy did reveal that Skalsky didn’t die as a result of a blow to the head.

Skalsky, 19, was found unconscious and intoxicated with a head injury in the early hours of New Year’s Day after a party in the 15600 block of Haddonfield Way.

Montgomery County Police Corporal Courtney McFee said the head injury was judged not fatal.

Witnesses gave police conflicting accounts of how Slasky hurt his head. Some said he was involved a fight, while others claimed he slipped and fell.

McFee said other results from the autopsy, including Skalsky’s blood alcohol level, will be available in about a week.

No charges have been made in the case.

Skalsky, from East Lansing, Mich., played in nine of 10 games and was averaging nearly five points per game.

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