View Full Version : Coroner: 49er's Herrion Died Of Heart Disease

09-06-2005, 07:39 PM
This is so sad. He was nearly 6 months to the day younger than me.


Updated: Sep. 6, 2005, 2:48 PM ET

Coroner: 49ers' Herrion died of heart disease

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<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=top><!-- begin leftcol --><!-- template inline -->DENVER -- San Francisco 49ers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=sfo) lineman Thomas Herrion died from heart disease when he collapsed after a preseason game in Denver on Aug. 20, the Denver County coroner said Tuesday.

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The 49ers paid tribute to Thomas Herrion on Friday, Aug. 26.

Herrion had ischemic heart disease, with significant blockage in his right coronary artery that caused the death of heart muscle, the city health department said in a news release. Herrion's heart was slightly enlarged.

Drug screens on Herrion's blood and urine found only atrophine, a drug administered when medical personnel tried to revive him.

Herrion, 23, was pronounced dead early on the morning of Aug. 21. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound guard was on the field for San Francisco's 14-play, 91-yard drive that ended with a touchdown with 2 seconds left.

Players had finished listening to coach Mike Nolan address them in a postgame meeting when Herrion collapsed. Medics administered CPR on him and took him to an ambulance that rushed him to a nearby hospital.

About three hours later, 49ers spokesman Aaron Salkin confirmed that Herrion had been pronounced dead.

Herrion, a first-year player with the 49ers, grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and played college ball at Utah. He spent part of last season on the San Francisco and Dallas practice squads and also played this season with the Hamburg Sea Dogs of NFL Europe.

At his funeral Aug. 27 in Fort Worth, he was was remembered as a player who brought joy to everyone and who was dedicated to his family, his religion and to football.


09-06-2005, 09:27 PM
I wonder if there was some way to find this. I'm not playing the blame game or anything, it'd just be good in the future if such things could be found and prevented, akin to that Lakers kid.

09-06-2005, 09:35 PM
Unless he's shown symptons, it's hard to know that someone has this unfortuntely

09-07-2005, 07:35 AM
That usually happens when you are 6ft3 and 300+ pounds....

Sad, but true...

09-07-2005, 05:26 PM
The enlarged heart might show up on an X-ray, but it might take an echo before it's noticed. As for the blocked artery they'd probably have to do a cardiac cath before they found it.

09-07-2005, 11:06 PM
I know he was 300lbs, but it's scary to think that this could happen to a professional athlete that has had physicals and worked out with the best trainers and conditioning coaches.

Couldn't a blood test may have shown something that could have hinted this?

09-07-2005, 11:08 PM
It's very very sad.