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Autopsy: Student died playing basketball had heart condition

ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) - An autopsy has found that a 21-year-old Grand Valley State University student from Saginaw who collapsed while playing basketball with friends on campus had a chronic heart condition.

The school says police were called to the Allendale Campus Recreation Center about 6 p.m. Tuesday after Shane Peoples-Welch fainted. Fieldhouse staff performed CPR and a defibrillator that's kept on site was used by officers, but he couldn't be revived.

Peoples-Welch was a junior who was working part time at the school's Pew Campus security. He was studying public administration in the College of Community and Public Service.

The Grand Rapids Press and The Holland Sentinel say an autopsy found that he had a thickening of his heart muscle, a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy/

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