Heart Condition May have Caused Winona Player's Death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WINONA, Minn. (AP) -- A coach says a Winona State University football player who collapsed and died during a workout likely died of a previously undetected heart condition.

Twenty-two-year-old Shawn Afryl died Monday night during a voluntary conditioning workout at the university's Maxwell Field.

His high school football coach, Curtis Tate, says the family was told Afryl died of cardiac arrest because of an enlarged heart. No official cause of death has been released.

The Winona Daily News says Afryl is being remembered as a mature, respected team leader despite having just joined the football program this summer. WSU assistant coach Cameron Keller says Afryl had a big impact in his short time at WSU.

Afryl is from Skokie, Illinois and planned to earn a second degree at WSU to become a special education teacher.


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