COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio coroner says Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso died of a genetic defect of the heart and the death was considered natural.
The 22-year-old Urso was pronounced dead in August at Grant Medical Center after collapsing at a downtown Columbus bar and restaurant.
Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak said Friday that Urso died of arrhythmogenic (ah-RITH'-muh-jen-ihk) right ventricular cardiomyopathy (kar-dee-oh-meye-AH'-pa-thee).
Urso played in six games with the Crew and was rehabbing from a sports-groin injury sustained in May.
Crew President and General Manager Mark McCullers says the news helps bring closure to the sudden and tragic loss of Urso.