Results of Korey Stringer's autopsy confirm the Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman died of multiple organ failure due to heatstroke.
Stringer's agent, James Gould, said tonight the family accepts the results but will continue to seek answers to their questions. The family will closely monitor the ongoing state Occupational Safety and Health Division investigation into Stringer's death.
"We felt it was appropriate at this time to release it," Gould said. "We feel strongly that these things are preventable, they shouldn't happen and can't happen in the future. The more we can get out about it, the better we feel, if there is such a thing."
Gould said the autopsy showed Stringer was not taking any supplements or had any preexisting conditions.
"You realize the soul and spirit of the individual can't be found in the report," said Gould, who was "pained" by reviewing the autopsy results with Stringer's wife, Kelci.
"It's not real," he said. "Just getting the report probably makes it even more difficult, not what it says, but it brings up more stuff we just went through."
Vikings officials and medical staff are meeting OSHA officials, who have inspected the team's practices, nutritional education programs and medical treatment procedures. The investigation, a routine practice for deaths that occur in the workplace, is expected to last another few weeks.
"It's a tough time for us," Gould said. "That's the way things happen in life. You're gliding along, and then all of a sudden everything's different."
Stringer, a 27-year-old Pro Bowl right tackle, died last week, about 14 hours after collapsing after an intense practice in stifling heat and humidity. The heat index was 99 degrees when the Vikings left the field about 11:30 a.m. on July 31.