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Missing QB Died of Pneumonia Caused by Inhaling Vomit

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An autopsy shows a former Division II college football star who disappeared in the Michigan wilderness during a late-evening fishing trip died of pneumonia caused by inhaling his own vomit.

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The report released Thursday also suggests Cullen Finnerty’s disorientation and paranoia in the woods May 26 may have been exacerbated by a combination of the painkiller oxycodone and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

The degenerative brain disease has been found in a number of ex-football players.

Chief Medical Examiner Stephen Cohle reports Finnerty, 30, became incapacitated before inhaling his vomit 65 miles north of Grand Rapids.

Though relatives reported Finnerty had a number of alcoholic drinks the day he died, Cohle says his blood-alcohol level was negligible and didn’t contribute to Finnerty’s incapacitation.

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