- Dec 23, 2007
Thought this was a great video... his story is also here its a bit long though but worth the read: http://www.4hcm.org/forums/archive/index.php?t-12065.html
Anthony D'Arezzo died of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM, is a disease of the myocardium (the muscle of the heart) in which a portion of the myocardium is hypertrophied (thickened) without any obvious cause. Though perhaps most famous as a leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. HCM's more important significance is as a cause of sudden unexpected cardiac death in any age group and as a cause of disabling cardiac symptoms.
He knew he had a heart problem, doctors told him not to compete anymore but he did because of his love of the sport and it was that contest that ended his life.
"Anthony always said if you don't have one foot on stage and one foot in the grave you haven't done a good enough job."