Cullen Finnerty had enlarged heart; autopsy inconclusive

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Former Grand Velley State quarterback Cullen Finnerty stretched before a workout with former NFL quarterback Steve DeBerg, hoping to be drafted by the NFL, at Ed Radice Park on Thursday, March 8, 2007 in Tampa, Fla. / Craig Litten / Associated Press
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  • BALDWIN, Mich. (WZZM) -- An autopsy performed on former Grand Valley State University quarterback Cullen Finnerty shows an inconclusive cause of death.

    A search team found the 30-year-old dead Tuesday evening in a wooded area near Baldwin. He was wearing fishing waders and was discovered underneath a pine tree.

    The Kent County Medical Examiner says Finnerty's death was not caused by a heart attack, but he did say Finnerty had an enlarged heart. It was a condition Finnerty had for a while.

    The medical examiner told WZZM 13 News late Wednesday evening that he does not believe Finnerty's heart was enlarged enough to cause a heart attack.

    The next step is to gather personal information about Finnerty's medical past and wait for a drug screen or a toxicology report. That will show if Finnerty had any illegal or prescription drugs in his system at the time of his death. Toxicology results could take up to two weeks.

    WZZM's partner, the Livingston Daily Press spoke with Finnerty's uncle. He said Cullen was complaining of not feeling well before he went on the fishing trip. Finnerty reportedly took a nap and felt better when he woke up.

    Authorities say Finnerty's death is not a homicide because there was no weapon used and no external damage to his body. The examiner also ruled out major injury, including a fall, head trauma, broken neck.
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    DETROIT (AP) - An autopsy so far has failed to pinpoint the cause of death for a Michigan man who played Division II football and was one of the most successful quarterbacks in college history.

    Lake County Sheriff Robert Hilts says there's no obvious sign of heart trauma on Cullen Finnerty. Foul play isn't suspected.

    The sheriff expects to learn more about the cause of death later this week.

    The 30-year-old Finnerty won more than 50 games and three national championships at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., the last in 2006. His body was discovered Tuesday in the woods in western Michigan after he disappeared during a family trip to a cottage.

    Finnerty was fishing Sunday when he became separated from his father-in-law and others.

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