Coroner: Cause Of Columbus Crew Midfielder’s Death Inconclusive


UPDATED: Tuesday August 7, 2012 6:40 AM

The Franklin County Coroner said on Monday afternoon that further testing was needed to determine the cause of death for the Crew’s Kirk Urso.

The coroner said that Urso had an enlarged heart and “non-specific heart changes,” which could be in line with Urso being an athlete.

Toxicology results would be back in four to six weeks.

“He was a healthy 22 year old,” said Coroner Jan Gorniak.

Fire officials released a 911 call on Monday that was placed just prior to Urso's death.

A police dispatcher requested a medic to a Park Street bar early Sunday morning. The caller requested a medic for a person described as "very drunk."

According to a dispatcher, the person fell down and was unconscious.

Park Street employee Cris Adams said that he was doing a routine check when he saw a man with his eyes closed in the back of the Park Street Saloon near the DJ booth.

“So, I went over there to see how he’s doing, I mean you don’t have to be a doctor to know if someone is breathing or not,” Adams said. “I went up to him and asked him, ‘Hey, are you OK? You can’t be sleeping. You’ve got to wake up.”

Adams said that he poked the man but got no response.

“So, I tried to pick him up, but he was like dead weight, so I was like, ‘You can’t be sleeping here,’” Adams said. “I picked him up on my shoulders and just walked him out.”

Adams said that he set the man outside against a tree while his boss flagged down an officer.

“We sat him by a little tree stump,” Adams said. “He sat up for us. He took like two deep breaths. That’s when they got the cops.”

A witness said that he saw medics trying to resuscitate a young man on a sidewalk across the street from the bar.

"As you see the paramedics get out of the car, the kid laying there. (They) are giving him CPR," said witness Joe Shivner.

Columbus Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Fowler said when medics arrived, the victim was not alert.

"When we got there, we had an unconscious male that was in full arrest," said Fowler. "We had started CPR and started our protocol for that when we went to the hospital. The hospital reported him as
dead."

Urso, 22, was pronounced dead a short time later.

Urso had been in his first season with the Crew. He was picked up in the supplemental draft in January. A native of Lombard, Ill., he had played on North Carolina's NCAA title-winning team last fall and for the U.S. under-17 World Cup team in 2007.

The Columbus Crew planned to honor Urso at Saturday’s game. The team planned to meet on Tuesday to discuss plans.

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