Autopsy for Micah True Shows He Died of Heart Disease

May 8, 2012
Outside Magazine

Screen Shot 2012-05-08 at 6.12.48 PMTrue in Copper Canyon. Photo: Ryan Heffernan

Ultramarathoner Micah True died of heart disease according to an autopsy released today, the Associated Press reported. The 58-year-old went for a run in the Gila Wilderness on March 27 and didn't return. He was later found dead near a stream. Christopher McDougall reported on the search for True in April.

Here is what the AP said about the autopsy:

The report showed that True, 58, had cardiomyopathy, a disease that results in the heart becoming enlarged. While medical examiners couldn't point to the cause of the heart disease, they said True's left ventricle, which pumps oxygenated blood to the rest of the body, had become thick and was dilated.

Chemical tests showed that True was mildly dehydrated and had caffeine in his system. He also had some abrasions on his elbows, forearms, knees and shins.

--Joe Spring

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