St. Louis-area 13-year-old died of high blood pressure, medical examiner says

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 | 2:09 p.m. CDT; updated 2:17 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 23, 2009

ST. LOUIS — A medical examiner has ruled that an obese 13-year-old suburban St. Louis football player who collapsed during practice in August died of high blood pressure.

Anthony Troupe Jr. was 6-foot-2 and weighed 383 pounds when he died. St. Louis County medical examiner Mary Case says she couldn't directly link the death to Anthony's size, but obesity is a risk factor. Case says death from high blood pressure is uncommon in someone Anthony's age.

Anthony collapsed while running a lap before practice. His father died at age 45 in 2007 due to high blood pressure and clogged arteries.

Anthony's family did not immediately respond to a phone message Wednesday seeking comment.


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