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Former WNBA star dies after heart attack at age 37

Margo Dydek, a 7-2 former WNBA player who led the league in blocks nine times, died yesterday after being placed in a medically induced coma following a heart attack a week ago. She was 37.

Margo Dydek

, a 7-2 former WNBA player who led the league in blocks nine times, died yesterday after being placed in a medically induced coma following a heart attack a week ago. She was 37.

Her death was confirmed to the Associated Press by Cathy Roberts, operations manager of the Northside Wizards in the Queensland Basketball League in Australia, where Dydek was the coach.

The Poland-born Dydek, pregnant with her third child, was stricken with a heart attack May 19 and collapsed at her home in Brisbane. Dydek was early in her pregnancy, and the fetus died, Roberts said.

Dydek was the No. 1 pick in the 1998 WNBA draft by Utah. She also played for San Antonio, Connecticut and Los Angeles.

She is survived by her husband and two sons.


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