Kent State Football Player’s Death Ruled Exertional Heat Stroke

A cause of death has been determined for Kent State football player Tyler Heintz.

According to autopsy results from the Portage County coroner’s office, Heintz, who died this summer following conditioning drills under the direction of an uncertified trainer, suffered an exertional heat stroke which ultimately led to his tragic death.

The cause of death is also known as exertional hyperthermia.

The 19-year-old offensive lineman was an incoming freshman from Kenton High School in Ohio.

The strength and conditioning coach who oversaw the workout, Ross Bowsher, was dismissed after the school learned he had provided false information about his certification.

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