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Chris Bosh, wife: “Hearts go out” to family of massage therapist who died

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An investigation into the death of a masseuse at the home of Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh on Monday is underway, but foul play is not suspected in what Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra called “an absolute tragedy.”

The woman, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at a South Florida hospital Monday evening after collapsing at the home of Bosh and his wife, Adrienne.

“Last evening, a massage therapist that we have used for some time, arrived at our home to provide massage therapy,” Chris and Adrienne Bosh said in a statement released Tuesday by the Heat. “Shortly after she arrived, she fainted and lost consciousness. We called 911 and emergency personnel arrived at our home shortly thereafter. They took her to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she passed away. Our hearts go out to her family. We are very sorry for their loss.”

Miami detective Vivian Hernandez told the Miami Herald the police are conducting a standard investigation into the woman’s death.

“It’s an absolute tragedy. It really is,” Spoelstra said Tuesday night. “We’re learning all the full details right now, so it would be probably inappropriate for me to comment any further about it.”

Adrienne Bosh tweeted early Tuesday morning: “A beautiful soul was lost tonight. Never take the here and now for granted. Life can be so frail.”

Chris Bosh returned to the Heat lineup Tuesday night for the first time after missing nine games with an abdominal strain and scored nine points in the Heat’s loss to the Celtics. Boston holds a 3-2 lead in the series.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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