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Steve Larsen died of a heart attack caused by atherosclerosis

Posted Jun 07 2009 10:02pm

SteveLarsen_1 Retired professional mountain biker, road biker and triathlete Steve Larsen, 39, died of a heart attack caused by atherosclerosis.

Steve Cross, the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy, said tests showed that Larsen had coronary heart disease, that resulted in a heart attack.

“Unfortunately, sometimes the first indication of heart disease is sudden death,” Cross said.

According to the Bulletin:

"Cross pointed out Wednesday that even the most fit person can suffer a heart attack."

“Nearly 1 million people will die this year, and about half of them will die of heart disease,” he said.

Michael Larsen, 41, of Bend, Steve’s older brother, said the news is hard to hear.

“I’m glad to get the information, although none of it’s good, and it doesn’t make me feel better,” he said. “But to have the information is important. To know that your first symptom could be sudden death, it’s important to know that any breath could be your last breath.”

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