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All-Pro Korey Stringer Dies
Heat Stroke Claims Viking Lineman

Dateline: August 1, 2001

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Tragedy struck the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday morning when All-Pro offensive tackle Korey Stringer died due to complications brought on by heat stroke. Reports from the Vikings' camp say he collapsed after Tuesday's workouts, which were held in a sweltering heat and humidity, pushing the heat index near 110 degrees.

Stringer was rushed to St. Joseph's-Mayo Health System in Mankato. When he arrived he was unconscious and his body temperature was at 108 degrees. A report from the Vikings says his organs failed throughout the day, and then he suffered heart failure at 1:50 a.m. CT.

Stringer's death comes on the heels of a similar tragedy that struck the University of Florida, where freshman Eraste Autin died six days ago after collapsing from heat stroke.

Vikings' trainer Chuck Barta said that five players had to be treated Tuesday for heat-related problems. Tuesday's workout, which included full pads, had one-on-one drills with intense hitting.

"It's a shock. We thought everything was going to change (at the hospital)" teammate Cris Carter said. "There's nothing that can prepare you for something like this. It's far graver than any football (game). The amount of hurt this has on our team… we are devastated."

Randy Moss, who joined Carter and head coach Dennis Green at the news conference, had to be helped from the podium as he broke down and sobbed, "I don't know how or when I'm going to get over this."

Green added, "We Know we have to play football, but that's not on our minds right now. We have lost a 27-year old man and we are going to miss him."

The 6-foot-4, 335 pound lineman was a favorite in Minnesota. He lived in the Minneapolis area and was active in the community, establishing community service programs at local schools and with the St.Paul library.

Here is the official press release from the Minnesota Vikings:

"Korey Stringer passed away at Immanuel St. Joseph's-Mayo Health System in Mankato, MN at 1:50 a.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2001 due to complications from heat stroke. Stringer completed the morning practice session with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday, July 31 and walked to an air conditioned shelter following practice. There he developed symptoms of heat stroke including weakness and rapid breathing. The Vikings' athletic trainers were present and immediately attended to him. An ambulance and paramedics were called and the hospital was alerted as the ambulance was en route to Immanuel St. Joseph's. Within five minutes a full team of physicians and emergency room staff met them upon arrival at the hospital.

Stringer was unresponsive at the time of arrival and had an extremely high core temperature of over 108 degrees. Stringer developed multi-organ system failure throughout the day and night requiring the attention of multiple specialists and staff. He never regained consciousness and despite all efforts his heart failed at 1:50 a.m. The hearts and prayers of all the Vikings' family are with the Stringer family."

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