New Jersey high school football player died from lacerated spleen

Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:55pm EDT
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By Daniel Bases

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New Jersey high school football player's death on Saturday was the result of massive internal bleeding from a lacerated spleen, the medical examiner said in a statement on Monday.

The autopsy showed Evan Murray, the quarterback of the Warren Hills Regional High School, had an abnormally large spleen, thereby making it more susceptible to injury.

"The autopsy determined that the cause of death was massive intra-abdominal hemorrhage (massive internal bleeding) due to a laceration of the spleen," Morris County, New Jersey Medical Examiner Dr. Ronald Suarez said in a statement published by local media.

Suarez said there was no evidence of head trauma or heart disease and ruled the death accidental.

Repeated calls and emails to the medical examiners office were not immediately returned.

A fundraising page set up by supporters of his family says that Murray, 17, a senior at the high school, took a hit behind the line of scrimmage during a game on Friday evening.

Murray died on Friday after being brought to Morristown Medical Center.

"The family requests people respect their privacy at this time," Elaine Andrecovich, spokeswoman for the hospital told Reuters.   Continued...