Published On: Sun, Jun 2nd, 2013

Autopsy offers no clues in death of former Michigan college quarterback, Cullen Finnerty, cause of death pending

A former star college football quarterback was found dead in the woods of Michigan Tuesday, but authorities suspect no foul play and are waiting for the state’s medical examiner to announce a cause of death. That announcement is expected Wednesday or Thursday.

Cullen Finnerty and son Caden

Cullen Finnerty and son Caden

Cullen Finnerty, age 30,vanished Sunday near his family’s cottage in Baldwin. His body was discovered near the Bray Creek Campground on the Baldwin River.

Finnerty’s body was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for an autopsy on Tuesday night, MLive.com reports that the initial results were undetermined and the cause of death will not be released until later this week.

“We were hoping we would be able to find something coronary that might have been the cause, but that’s not the case,” Lake County Sheriff Robert Hilts told MLive.com.

A heart attack has been ruled out, and toxicology testing is now underway.

“We’re at a standstill right now,” Hilts said. “There was no sign of any foul play at the scene, (although), it looks like it might have been natural or medical reasons.”

Finnerty led Grand Valley State University to three Division II national titles and more than 50 wins during his 4 years as a starter in Allendale, Mich., last decade.

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  1. Killing Killers says:

    The coroner should also test for indications of a secondary drowning event. By all accounts, Finnerty was terrified when he left his boat, so if in his panic he slipped into the water and got only a few ounces of it into his lungs, that amount could still kill him. It might take hours or days to drown that way, but he’d definitely need to see a doctor ASAP and would’ve been seriously disabled by this life-threatening condition. (The difficulty with breathing might also have enlarged his heart somewhat.)


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