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  • Caminiti...it was the drugs!

    By Brent Schrotenboer
    STAFF WRITER

    November 1, 2004


    Former Padre Ken Caminiti died Oct. 10 of a drug overdose, coronary artery disease and an enlarged heart, according the New York City Medical Examiner.

    From the Union-Tribune

    Fatal errors: On the field, Ken Caminiti was a tough guy, able to handle anything hit his way



    His death was caused by "the combined effects of cocaine and opiates," said Grace Brugess, spokesperson for the Medical Examiner. "A contributing factor was coronary artery disease and cardiac hypertrophy."

    The death was ruled an accident. Brugess said today the Medical Examiner would not release any other information regarding Caminiti's autopsy, which was performed in New York City Oct. 11.

    Caminiti, 41, died after emerging from the bathroom of an acquaintance in the Bronx, clutching his chest. His final hours were spent with two convicted drug dealers, Angel Gonzalez, 41, and Rob Silva, 35, who spent time in prison together in Hudson, N.Y.

    Gonzalez denied seeing any drug use by Caminiti or being involved with any since he was put on parole. Caminiti and Silva came to the apartment of Gonzalez's girlfriend, Anita Quinones, that day and had been in her bathroom for 5-10 minutes before he came out and fell ill. Gonzalez called 911.

    "I hope he didn't do anything in the bathroom," Gonzalez said. "Maybe he flushed it. I don't know. Why does this have to happen to me? It's a tragedy."

    Gonzalez said he's turned his life around from drugs and said his girlfriend's apartment is "no drug den."

    New York police escorted Caminiti's brother, Glenn, to the Quinones apartment in the days after Caminiti's death. They searched to see if Caminiti left anything behind in the apartment and found nothing, Gonzalez said.

    Caminiti, the 1996 National League MVP with the Padres, admitted in a Houston court earlier last month that he had used cocaine. He also admitted to using steroids during his baseball career.
    Heckman aka "WISE" OLD MAN


  • #2
    and not the steroids!
    Heckman aka "WISE" OLD MAN

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    • #3
      Just like the pitcher who died from "ephedra", but the coroner reported that "no ephedra was present in the blood"
      But it was still the ephedra's fault
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      • #4
        Damn media people always have to throw in a few extra words, which are usually crap and unverifiable.
        "Well done is better than well said"

        :rocker:



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        • #5
          ESPN had to mention that he had an enlarged heart...and used steroids.
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          • #6
            im sure the steroids didnt help in the matter but i wish they would have reported it a different way, so far i have not seen any carreer baseball highlights on any station nor any mention how much of a good player he was. if all he did was do cocaine and steroids, his days must have been longer than mine cause he had a family and a demanding proffesion.

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