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Coroner: former Buffalo Bills lineman Frefotte died of thick heart muscle

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Fri Jun 13, 3:16 PM ET

KITTANNING, Pa. - A coroner says former Buffalo Bills lineman Mitch Frerotte died of a thickening of the heart muscle, a condition that can cause sudden death.

The coroner said Friday that Frerotte's family has a history of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The American Heart Association calls it the most common cause of sudden death in young athletes.

Frerotte was 43 when he collapsed and died suddenly Wednesday at home in Kittanning, about 50 kilometres from Pittsburgh. He played for the Bills in 1987, then from 1990-92, when Buffalo made it to the Super Bowl. He played mostly as a reserve and on special teams.

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