Samford University Hoops Player Found Dead

The 23-year-old player apparently had a heart condition.


A 23-year-old basketball player at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., was found dead in his dorm room on Tuesday morning, the Associated Press reports (hat tip, USA Today).

Jim Griffin, a 6-foot-7 senior forward, apparently had an undetectable heart condition, according to the report. Griffin had worked out and played in a pickup basketball game on Monday night, and the team had scheduled his preseason workout after a trainer gave the go-ahead. Griffin had no prior known medical issues.

The official cause of death has not been released, but an autopsy was scheduled for today.

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