CATEGORY: FOC College Football

AUTHOR: STAFF

HED:Autopsy shows heart disease

From staff reports

An autopsy on Mississippi State running back Keffer McGee showed signs of heart disease. However, officials are not sure whether disease was a contributing factor in the drowning of the 22-year-old, according to Oktibbeha County Medical Examiner Michael Hunt.

McGee, who was expected to be the top running back for the Bulldogs this coming season, drowned Tuesday evening at the swimming pool of the Cedar Cove apartments in Starkville.

The autopsy on McGee was performed at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Jackson where it was discovered he died of freshwater drowning.

"We did, however, find some evidence of coronary artery disease in his left anterior descending coronary artery," Hunt said. "I don't know that it's significant to his death. There's no way I can say that. The autopsy did not even show us that."

In preliminary testing, no alcohol was found to be in McGee's system, while a routine drug analysis has not been completed.

"He did die of freshwater drowning," Hunt said. "We might have just come up on (the heart disease) and found that. That could have been significant in his death. However, we don't know.

"(McGee) could have slipped and just panicked. I really don't know. That was significant in our findings, but there's no way to relate that to relate that to his death, actually," Hunt said.

The Starkville Police Department, Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services staff responded to a 911 call but could not revive McGee even after he was transported to the Okibbeha County Hospital emergency room. The time of death was estimated at 11:46 p.m. Tuesday.

Funeral services for McGee will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday at the West Lowndes High School gymnasium.

The family will receive friends from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Lee Sykes Funeral Home in Columbus. The body will lie in state from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday at the WLHS gymnasium.

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