Ex-Maryland forward Cephas died of enlarged heart, autopsy shows


May 23, 2007|By HEATHER A. DINICH

Former Maryland men's basketball forward LaRon Cephas died last month of an enlarged heart, or dilated cardiomyopathy, the Baltimore Medical Examiner's office confirmed yesterday.

Cephas died unexpectedly at his Cape St. Claire home the morning of April 16 while he was getting ready for work. He was 29. The cause of death was ruled "natural," meaning there was nothing suspicious about it.

Cephas, a native of Wilmington, Del., was a reserve forward who averaged 1.7 points and 1.1 rebounds as a senior in 2000-01. He was a team captain when the team made its first Final Four appearance in school history.

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