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West Orange Stark student dies from SCD

posted Nov 18, 2010, 8:01 AM by Pat Shuff   [ updated Nov 18, 2010, 8:02 AM ]

The Sept. 17 death of West Orange-Stark football player Reggie Garrett came as a result of an undetectable pediatric heart disease, Orange Justice of the Peace Derry Dunn said Wednesday.

The disease caused “a sudden cardiac death,” Dunn said.

Garrett died soon after he collapsed on the sideline during a game at Dan R. Hooks Stadium in West Orange. The senior quarterback had just thrown a touchdown pass and jogged to the sideline before his sudden collapse.

“His body was in great shape,” Dunn said. “All his organs and muscles were in great shape. It’s just that his heart muscle was not.”

The official cause of Garrett’s death, Dunn said, was an arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.

“It’s a pediatric heart disease, basically,” Dunn said. “A rare heart condition. About 30 to 50 percent of the cases are hereditary.”