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Report: Cal’s Ted Agu died of heart failure

Cal defensive lineman Ted Agu collapsed during an offseason workout earlier this spring and died as a result of a heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The condition, according to a report by San Francisco Chronicle, is a relatively common cause of death among athletes.

Victims of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy have excessive thickening of heart muscle, which makes it more difficult for blood to pump through the heart. In most cases the problem is undiagnosed because there are few symptoms that can be picked up on even during a careful medical exam. The condition can lead to normal lives for most people, but athletes tend to see the most sever problems due to the increased physical activity requiring a more efficient blood flow.

Agu collapsed in February while working through a training run. The Cal medical team attempted CPR on Agu but he died while being transported to a nearby medical center. The school has since started up a memorial scholarship fund in Agu’s name and honor.

Agu’s death was the subject of arguments by Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema when discussing up-tempo offenses. Bielema’s comments were scolded by Cal AD Sandy Barbour and Bielema later apologized for his comments.

Helmet sticker to Dr. Saturday.

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6 Responses to “Report: Cal’s Ted Agu died of heart failure”
  1. dhardy8207 says: Apr 24, 2014 3:34 PM

    Figured it was something congenital. Lots of athletes have abnormal muscle deformaties and some have PFOs and septal defects that should seal when their babies. One can live a relatively normal life and not suspect the abnomality is there until they get well in to adulthood.

    Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the university..

  2. dryzzt23 says: Apr 24, 2014 3:38 PM

    Ok so there is a “fund” in his name. Whom does that benefit? Cal.

  3. stoicpaisano says: Apr 24, 2014 4:11 PM

    Helmet sticker to Dr. Saturday.
    Off topic, but is it sexist to be taken aback that “Dr. Saturday” is female?

    Can I claim “Graham” usually being a male name as an excuse?

  4. thraiderskin says: Apr 24, 2014 4:56 PM

    This really is a sad story. Bielema should have done more than apologize, he should donate to the Agu fund.

  5. auburntigers34 says: Apr 24, 2014 5:55 PM

    Bielema’s apology wasn’t really an apology. He tried to use this tragedy to push an agenda and he needs to own up to what he said.

    This tragedy had nothing to so with sickle cell traits or HUNH offenses.

  6. padraighansen says: Apr 24, 2014 9:47 PM

    Bielema is a DB deluxe who has yet to figure out why he met his wife while she was “hanging out” in the high rollers room at the Wynn.

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