Medical examiner releases cause of death for 22-year-old runner who collapsed during Cleveland Marathon

Medical examiner releases cause of death for 22-year-old runner who collapsed during CLE Marathon

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office announced the cause of death for 22-year-old Taylor Ceepo, who collapsed while running the Cleveland Marathon.

According to the medical examiner, Ceepo died from “sudden cardiac death in association with physical exertion, pseudoephedrine use, and cardiomyopathy.”

A definitive cause of Ceepo’s death could not be immediately determined. It took more than two months for the medical examiner to rule that her death was caused by a combination of the physical activity, use of a cold decongestant pseudoephedrine, and the heart disease cardiomyopathy.

Ceepo, a graduate of Walsh University and native of Medina, was less than a mile from the finish line when she collapsed during May’s marathon.

Officials from the Cleveland Marathon awarded a half-marathon to Ceepo’s family in her honor.

In addition to presenting the medal, the Cleveland Marathon donated to Akron Children’s Hospital in honor of Ceepo’s involvement with a Walsh University group that worked with the hospital system.

This story will be updated.

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