By Robbie Neiswanger
Arkansas News Bureau
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas tight end Garrett Uekman died because of a fatal heart condition Sunday, according to the Washington County Coroner’s Office.
Coroner Roger Morris said the 19-year-old — who was pronounced dead at Washington Regional Medical Center after being found unconscious and unresponsive in his dorm room an hour earlier — had a heart condition called cardiomyopathy (an enlarged heart).
Morris also said to his knowledge the heart condition was not previously detected.
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said Sunday the athletic department were not aware of any pre-existing conditions.
"And it can go undetected," Morris said.
Morris also said the toxicology report on Uekman also came back negative, which meant no improper drugs were discovered.
The news came a day after Arkansas remembered Uekman during a candlelight vigil in Bud Walton Arena.
Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino and tight end Austin Tate spoke at the memorial service, saying the Razorbacks planned to press on after the tragedy.
"I know if Garrett could tell us one thing right now ... he would tell you to not sit around crying," Tate said. "He’d probably tell us we’re wasting our time and we need to get ready for LSU."
Arkansas canceled its media availability for the second straight day as it continued to cope with Uekman’s death. The third-ranked Razorbacks were scheduled to practice for the second straight day, continuing their preparation for the regular season finale at No. 1 LSU.
"As his parents have shared with us, Garrett would’ve wanted us to play," Petrino said during Monday night’s ceremony. "He would’ve wanted us to compete. He would’ve wanted us to play passionately with everything that we had. With your support, we will do just that."