Southern Indiana's Jeron Lewis Died Of Apparent Heart Problems

Cole ClaybournCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2010

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—After further examination by Daviess County (Ky.) Coroner Bob Howe, it has been determined that Southern Indiana forward Jeron Lewis died of heart problems in a game against rival Kentucky Wesleyan Thursday night.

With just over four minutes left in the game, Lewis collapsed and fell to the floor where he lay motionless for nearly 20 minutes before being carted off the court on a stretcher.

After the game was over—a 74-69 win for Southern Indiana—players and coaches were notified that Lewis had passed away.

"It's the kind of thing he probably went his whole life and never knew about," Howe told the Evansville Courier & Press

Howe said it would have only been detected had he had a stress test.

Howe added that he found no sign of head trauma from Lewis' fall, but that the results were preliminary and further testing will be done.

Southern Indiana coach Rodney Watson said that Lewis showed no signs of poor health and that he had done well in workouts.

Lewis lost nearly 40 pounds in the offseason from a self-imposed workout regimen

Lewis, a Fort Wayne, Ind., native, was just 21 years old and had just welcomed first child in December.


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