16-year-old dies From Heart Attack

Fennville basketball star Wes Leonard is lifted by his teammates after making the winning shot Thursday night. (Photo courtesy of LaShell Photography)

GRAND RAPIDS – Fennville basketball player Wes Leonard died from a heart attack due to dilated cardiomyopathy, according to an autopsy performed today by Dr. David StartThe 16-year-old died Thursday night after securing his school’s undefeated regular season with a game-winning layup with 30 seconds remaining.

Start, the Ottawa County medical examiner, said in a statement the condition is also referred to as an enlarged heart, which becomes weakened and can not pump blood efficiently. The decreased heart function can affect the lungs, liver, and other body systems.

Start was not immediately available for comment on the autopsy.

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