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Autopsy report states Charles Shackleford died of enlarged heart

RALEIGH - An autopsy report from the North Carolina medical examiner says former N.C. State basketball star Charles Shackleford died of an enlarged heart.

Media outlets report the medical examiner's office said Monday no drugs were found in Shackleford's system and no foul play was suspected and no drugs played a role. He had been arrested several times on different drug-related charges.

The News & Observer reported Shackleford's sister, Sharron Moten, saw Shackleford at a noon church service helping distribute food the day before he died.

"Everybody who saw him were saying they hadn't seen him look that content and peaceful before," Moten told the N&O.

The report said Shackleford was found dead in the bathroom of his Kinston home on Jan. 27 "after an apparent sudden collapse." The autopsy report said Shackleford had some abrasions and lacerations but those were attributed to his collapse "in an enclosed space."

The 6-foot-10 Shackleford averaged 13.7 points and 7.8 rebounds a game in three seasons at N.C. State. He played six seasons in the NBA, and online records show he also spent three years playing in Turkey and Greece.


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