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Autopsy suggests that Steve Larsen did not die of heart attack

Posted May 21 2009 10:02pm

Steve An autopsy of former professional cyclist Steve Larsen shows that he did not die of a heart attack as was initially reported.

Steve Larsen' s brother Mike told VeloNews recently that, "the autopsy ruled out a heart attack and a blood clot. The cause of death may have been viral or related to allergies, he said.

"The last few weeks he had been having serious troubles with his breathing," Mike Larsen said. He said his brother had been seeing a doctor about his breathing troubles and had been unable to finish his workouts.

Larsen collapsed after starting a track workout on Tuesday in Bend Oregon.

Larsen is survived by his wife and five children.

Larsen had retired from racing in 2003 and was working as a real estate professional in Bend, Oregon.

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