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Man who died in recent Wisconsin triathlon had lost 100 pounds in training

Posted Jul 15 2009 5:42pm

Triathlete_entering_water_1 100 hundred pounds...that how much weight 33-year-old Daniel J. Murry lost before competing in his first and tragically last triathlon this weekend.

Murrydied just a few minutes into the swim portion of the portion of the Pewaukee Triathlon in Wisconsin.

"He was just the kind of son anybody would love," his father Lee Murry said. "He was there for you all the time."

According to the Twincities.com:

"Autopsy results were not available Monday, but Murry' s father said a doctor who worked on his son at the hospital said he suffered a heart attack.

At least seven of Murry' s relatives attended the triathlon, and his sister-in-law also competed in the race, Murry' s father said.

Murry said his son had put on weight while playing football in high school and college and had trouble losing it before shedding 100 pounds in recent months. Pewaukee police said the family had told them Daniel Murry weighed about 400 pounds before starting to lose weight in preparation for the race."

Recent studies have shown that the most dangerous leg of a triathlon is the swim portion with over 75 percent of recent most triathlon deaths over the last few years in America occurring in the water.

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