CALIFORNIA, Pa. – A coroner says a women's basketball player found dead in her Pennsylvania dorm room in January died from a blood cell disorder, not from inhaling chewing gum, as police first believed.
The cause of death for California University of Pennsylvania student Shanice Clark was announced Monday by the Washington County coroner.
The 21-year-old Clark was found unresponsive Jan. 18 and couldn't be revived.
The 6-foot senior forward from Toronto was redshirting after playing two dozen games for the Vulcans last season.
California borough police say a preliminary report from medical personnel indicated that the death appeared to be accidental.
But Coroner Tim Warco blamed it on sickle cell trait, a blood cell disorder that can lead to sudden death in extremely rare cases.