NFL player and high school football star dies at 35

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Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014 10:24 am | Updated: 6:53 pm, Thu Jan 9, 2014.

Former Southeast High School football star and NFL player Todd Williams died at the age of thirty five.

His mother is reported to have advised him to go to the hospital after Williams complained of stomach pain, vomiting and nausea. so, what could have caused his untimely death?

Concussion is the first thing to come to mind when we hear of an athletes untimely death, although death from a blow to the head is rare. Research finds a young athlete dies from a cardiac incident once every three days in the U.S, and heat stroke is not out of the question when it comes to possibilities. But, Todd Williams multiple symptoms could have signified a number of different health problems.

Palmetto High School Football Coach David Marino had a close relationship with Williams and said he was not a complainer. But, he noticed some changes in behavior.

He said, "He wasn't eating the way he had in the past, and I just attributed it to his football career was over, and he was just trying to lose some weight, and so he was reducing his caloric intake.

While there is speculation as to why the former southeast football star died, Russell Vega, Chief District Medical Examiner confirmed the autopsy identified Williams had an enlarged heart  But, cause of death is still unknown. Manatee County Sheriffs office says it will take several weeks before the toxicology results to come in.

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