- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

CHADRON, Neb. (AP) - Autopsy results show complications from a disease that experts say affects about 8 percent of African-Americans killed a Chadron State College football player.

Twenty-year-old Eric Goll was taken Aug. 11 from a practice field to Chadron Community Hospital in northwest Nebraska, where he was pronounced dead.

A news release from Dawes County Attorney Vance Haug says a pathologist concluded that Goll died as a result of exercise-related sudden death associated with sickle cell trait, with a contributing condition of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Sickle cell trait is a blood disorder, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a thickening of the heart walls that can block blood flow.

Goll, of Haines City, Florida, was African-American. His medical records show he tested positive for sickle cell trait last year before football participation at Florida A&M; University.


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