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September 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Lynnwood teen who died in PE class had a heart problem

Heart problems caused the death of Matthew Truax, the 16-year-old Lynnwood boy who collapsed and died during physical-education class last week at Meadowdale High School, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office reported Tuesday.

The medical examiner said Truax had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition that involves a thickening of the heart muscle that makes it more difficult for it to pump blood.

Teachers and paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive Truax when he collapsed on Friday while running outside on the school’s track. Meadowdale principal Kevin Allen wrote a letter to parents calling the junior a “respectful, hard-working young man who was serious about his education; an all-around nice kid who we will miss.”

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