Pitcher Joe Kennedy Died Of Heart Disease

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An autopsy indicates that major league pitcher Joe Kennedy was afflicted with a condition that caused his heart to suddenly stop beating at his in-laws' home in November, when he collapsed and later died.

The 28-year-old Kennedy was a journeyman left-hander who spent seven years in the majors, compiling a 43-and-61 record with 4.79 ERA over 222 games. He played for three teams last season.

Kennedy appeared in 27 games with the Oakland Athletics before being released and pitching briefly for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He ended the season with the Toronto Blue Jays, who said they intended to bring him back next season.

The Athletics team physician told the San Francisco Chronicle that Kennedy had a family history of heart disease. He said the pitcher underwent numerous tests and "there were no abnormalities to suggest anything wrong with his heart."