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Coroner: Heart failure killed teen

Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Heart failure has been determined to be the cause of death for 13-year-old Kodi Pipes. That was the conclusion of Dr. Roland Kohr, a forensic pathologist at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

According to Clay County Coroner Rick Swearingen, the medical term is post-myocarditis with myocardopathy, which means, "basically a weakening of the structure of the heart," Swearingen said this morning.

There was no warning for the Clay City 8th grader.

"It is a condition that could not be determined unless you were looking for it," Swearingen added.

There are many causes of the condition and it will be impossible to determine why it existed in Kodi Pipes.

Swearingen did not know if there is a history of the condition in other members of Kodi's family.

Pipes is the son of Ronna Timberman of Clay City and John Pipes II of Terre Haute.

He collapsed while shooting free throws at basketball practice Nov. 19 at Clay City Jr.-Sr. High School.

CPR was administered immediately and 911 was called when Pipes collapsed. An ambulance transferred him to the Brazil hospital where he was pronounced dead in the emergency room.

Funeral services were held at Christ Community Church in Brazil. Pipes was remembered by Principal Paul Sinders as "a good boy".

"He was very active in Christ Community Church of Brazil. In fact, he was one of our Youth For Christ student leaders," Sinders said the day after Kodi died.

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