Samford basketball player found dead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Samford basketball player Jim Griffin died from an apparent heart condition.

Griffin was found dead Tuesday morning in his residence hall, according to coach Jimmy Tillette. Tillette said the senior from Chicago apparently died from an undetectable heart condition.

The Jefferson County coroner's office has not released a cause of death, but an autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.

Samford spokesman Philip Poole said Griffin apparently died in his sleep. He had played in a pickup basketball game and lifted weights Monday night.

Tillette said Griffin had not had a previous medical condition. He said Griffin's death was "a cruel twist of fate" and left the team devastated.

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