Upshaw, a 26-year-old swingman for the Grand Rapids Drive, also had a “slightly enlarged” heart, which Cohle said is not entirely unusual in athletes and may have been unrelated to his death.
“There were some cardiac abnormalities that I hope to clarify by looking at the tissue slides,” Cohle said. “I’m going to try to characterize the exact type of heart disease microscopically.”
Cohle said that Upshaw’s mother, Jewel, said she knew of no personal or family history of heart conditions, and Cohle indicated that it may take a few weeks to continue the medical investigation.
“Further studies — mainly, including the microscopic examination of the heart tissue — will be forthcoming,” Cohle said. “There’s some heart diseases that you can look at them the day of the autopsy, you can look at the heart and say, ‘This guy died of a blocked coronary artery,’ or, ‘This guy died of a ruptured aorta.’ This is not one of those.”
Upshaw will be buried Saturday in the Chicago area.