Gary Tinsley death: Gophers senior linebacker died due to enlarged heart

Categories: U of M
Tinsley died of natural causes, the medical examiner says.
Late yesterday, the Hennepin County medical examiner's office announced that 22-year-old University of Minnesota football player Gary Tinsley died due to an enlarged heart.

Tinsley had a condition called cardiomegaly, more commonly known as an enlarged heart, which can be developed temporarily because of a stress on the body or because of a medical condition.

Tinsley was found unresponsive the morning of April 6 and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Police initially said they regarded the death as "suspicious," though they acknowledged there was nothing about the scene suggested a crime had been committed.

Indeed, reports that day indicated "no foul play is suspected and police don't believe alcohol or drugs contributed to [Tinsley's] death." Yesterday's announcement seems to confirm that account.

Tinsley was a four-year member of the Gophers football team and started every game in his final two seasons with the Gophers. He led the team with 90 tackles as a junior and had 87 tackles and four sacks his senior season.

Just days before his death, The Bleacher Report characterized Tinsley as the team's "best defensive player for the last two seasons." He was set to graduate this May and was hoping to play in the NFL.

The University of Minnesota plans to award Tinsley his diploma posthumously next month.

Previous coverage:
-- Gary Tinsley death regarded as "suspicious" by university police [VIDEO]
-- Gary Tinsley death: Gophers senior linebacker dead at 22 [UPDATE]
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a grandpa
a grandpa

How do those that engaged in the vitriol and acidic innuendo that littered these comment boards after Gary passed away live inside their own skin?

 Keep on hiding inside your fear.

 The light of the truth is beginning to show what you really are. 

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

An enlarged heart isn't a condition in itself, but a symptom of an underlying problem that is causing the heart to work harder than normal. The range of underlying problems falls generally into two main categories - pathological (linked to actual disease of the heart muscle disease) and physiological (linked to other causes which are overworking the heart muscle, such as high blood pressure or thyroid diseases). In some cases, an enlarged heart is asymptomatic (has no symptoms). When symptoms do occur, it may be because the heart fails to pump blood effectively and this leads to a syndrome known ascongestive heart failure.

Symptoms may include:Breathing problems Shortness of breath, cough Dizziness Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) Heart palpitations Fluid retention

I just wonder why the team of doctors and trainers did not detect some of these early warning symptoms.

toodle - ooo
toodle - ooo

 Thank you for your comment grandpa.  These comment boards can be so vicious as people are so quick to judge without having the facts or caring to find out. Rest in peace, Gary. You are missed.

Smelltherose2011
Smelltherose2011

I would think they would have to have regular check ups, this should have showed up,  I heard he was expressing some concern to his Mother.  So very Sad as my Daughter went to school with Gary and was such a nice young Man who Loved his Mother Greatly.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

Are you a doctor?

Did you get that from Wikipedia?

Having an enlarged heart is also something that happens to athletes who gets off their fat ass for more than an hour per day.  Which includes every college athlete.It even includes me.

What you posted is the reason that fat people have fat hearts.

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