He had a sudden cardiac death because of this condition. Sometimes the only presenting symptom for this is sudden cardiac death. He probably didn't know he had an issue.
- Franklin County Coroner Dr. Jan Gorniak via the Dispatch
The shock and surprise of Kirk Urso's passing was overwhelming. He was a model professional on the field and a well-liked teammate off of it. The circumstances regarding his death were murky, a late night out while rehabbing and reportedly being carried out of an area bar unconscious. It was a situation didn't square with his reputation as one of the good guys on a team of good guys. There had to be more to it; today we learned there was.
The coroner's report puts an end to any speculation regarding Urso's passing. He was just a young man enjoying a night out with little more than Tylenol, caffeine, and a few drinks in his system. He had the misfortune to have arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.
He didn't seem to be graced with elite talents, but he had more desire to work harder and smarter than nearly anyone around. He was less product of superior athletic gifts, but rather of the desire to be as good as he could be.
He wasn't destined to have an MLS career, but if his condition somehow had been found and he was forced to find a life off the field everything I know about him leads me to think he would have attacked that with the same zeal as the hours of practice he put in to captain a NCAA Championship squad, get drafted, and start as a rookie. All with the humility and class he had shown in his brief life.
His family and the Crew family gets a little more closure. It still doesn't make sense; it never will.