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Autopsy Results from LSUA Athlete

ALEXANDRIA, LA - Autopsy results have been released in the death of 20-year-old LSU Alexandria Generals' outfielder Brandon Goyne, who collapsed during practice on Jan. 18, 2013.

His parents, Scott and Debbie Goyne, said the autopsy indicated that Brandon's death was caused by a heart condition called ARVD/C (Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia/Cardiomyopathy).

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, ARVD/C is a leading cause of sudden death among young athletes. ARVD/C may be attributed 30-50% of the time to a genetic, progressive heart condition. The remaining 50% is due to unknown causes, but most likely a virus attacking the heart. ARVD/C accounts for up to one-fifth of sudden cardiac deaths in people under 35 years of age.

Although Brandon had two physical examinations in the six months prior to his death, his parents said the condition would not typically be detected during those routine tests. The condition could have been detected through an EKG, echocardiogram or other extensive examinations.

Because the condition can be genetic, Goyne's family members have been tested since his death. They encourage families with young athletes to undergo testing as well.

"This condition was not discovered until the 1980s, so it is a fairly new diagnosis," said Scott Goyne. "We hope that by sharing what happened in Brandon's situation, we can help prevent another family from going through this."

Brandon, a native of Elysian Fields, TX, was a junior at LSU Alexandria, majoring in General Studies/Kinesiology. In addition to his parents, Brandon is survived by his brother, Derek.

"All of us in the LSU Alexandria family are deeply saddened and heartbroken over the passing of our student-athlete, Brandon Goyne," said Dr. David Manuel, chancellor of LSUA.


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