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College Student Dies After Baseball Workout

The University of Rhode Island says a student athlete has died following a workout.

The school Joseph Paul Ciancola of Orange, Conn., died Thursday. He suffered an unspecified medical emergency during a baseball team preseason workout on Monday. The 20-year-old student died at Rhode Island Hospital.

The school said the workout was supervised by a coach certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The cause of death has not been determined.

According to a source, Ciancola was treated for malignant hyperthermia when his body temperature reached 105.9 degrees, the Milford-Orange Bulletin reported.

Malignant hyperthermia “is an inherited muscle disorder triggered by certain types of anesthesia that may cause a fast-acting life-threatening crisis. The incidence of MH is low, but, if untreated, the mortality rate is high,” according to Malignant Hyperthermia Association’s website.

The condition causes a sharp rise in body temperature and severe muscle contractions when the affected person gets general anesthesia, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Symptoms include bleeding, dark brown urine, muscle ache without an obvious cause, muscle stiffness and a quick rise in body temperature to 105 degrees or higher.

“Joe was a beloved member of our baseball team and the URI community,” said University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley. “We will miss him more than is possible to say. We send all of our sympathy, hopes, and prayers to Joe’s family. We pray that our shared memories of Joe, and his love for baseball and for life, will be a comfort to all who mourn his passing.”

The Associated Press contributed to this article.