Zeke Upshaw’s cause of death was cardiac arrest. He passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018. He was 26.
Cardiac Arrest Can Strike Without Warning
In the following tweet, the American Heart Association explains that cardiac arrest can strike without warning. Cardiac arrest is not something that only old people suffer. Heart problems are also common in younger men.
Our hearts go out to Zeke Upshaw's family and friends today 💔 Cardiac arrest can strike without warning. Don't wait for an emergency to learn CPR. Learn how to save a life here: https://t.co/22vQ6dpXMe #CPRSavesLives https://t.co/HMliDAQa4C
— American Heart Association (@American_Heart) March 26, 2018
The following tweet explains that sudden cardiac arrest in tall men is not uncommon. Five former New Jersey Nets players have died after going into cardiac arrest:
Unfortunately, sudden cardiac arrests in very tall men like @zeke_upshaw is not uncommon. At least five former Nets have died after going into cardiac arrest and in 2016, NBA and Columbia Doctors published a study based on study of NBA players' hearts.https://t.co/v4pZMxdT4r
— NetsDaily (@NetsDaily) March 25, 2018
Zeke Upshaw may have died from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a common genetic disorder that causes thickening of the heart muscle. HCM has caused the sudden death of many young athletes. The video below provides additional information about HCM:
Zeke Upshaw Collapsed During Grand Rapids Drive Game
On Saturday, March 24, 2018, Zena “Zeke” Upshaw collapsed during an NBA G League game. Bleacher Report explains that Upshaw played forward for Grand Rapids Drive, an affiliate of the Detroit Pistons. Grand Rapids was playing the Long Island Nets at the DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Faith Family America reports that Upshaw dropped to the floor during the final seconds of the fourth quarter. He wasn’t moving after he collapsed and a woman sprinted onto the court with a defibrillator. Upshaw was taken to Spectrum Hospital where he passed away.
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