It was learned this week that the cause of Shea Capdeville's death on Nov. 27 was a heart enlargement of unknown causes.
Though the official written autopsy report has not yet been received, a phone call from Dr. James B. Sawyer of Blue Mountain Pathology in La Grande to Wallowa County's Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Lowell Euhus conveyed the information that the 17-year-old Enterprise High School junior died of a heart enlargment of unknown causes. Euhus was convinced that the written report would not differ from Sawyer's oral report shared Monday night.
The autopsy was called for after Capdeville, a basketball player at EHS, passed away in his sleep early in the morning of Nov. 27.
Euhus speculated that cardiac arrest was probably caused by a rhythm disturbance. Capdeville was found to have an enlarged left ventrical in his heart, the portion of the heart which pumps blood to the body.
Such fatalities are not uncommon among athletes and non athletes, said Euhus. He said there are a number of theories about causes of such heart enlargements, but no one knows for certain.