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Probert autopsy shows "no foul play"

Jul 6, 2010, 7:52 PM EDT

Windsor Regional Hospital in Ontario have found out that no foul play affected the death of former NHL enforcer Bob Probert.’s George Malik has been all over everything about what’s going on with the death of Probert, and I can tip my cap to him for virtually every thing that’s been said or found out about what happened yesterday.

One note that Malik does pass along is that Detroit’s WXYZ had a report stating there was something telling about the possible cause of death.

Per the evening news: WXYZ’s Don Shane confirms Probert had 90% blockage on left side of his heart and that caused a heart attack.

The catch with anyone in the media reporting this, as Malik notes in his update, is that the hospital won’t release the actual cause of death themselves and it’s up to the family if they want to release the information. A toxicology report will be run on Probert as well, but that will take up to a month to return results. That said, if it’s true that Probert’s heart was in such shape, death via heart attack is not at all surprising.

What makes this report even sadder still is that heart problems ran in Probert’s family as his father passed away at the age of 41 from a heart attack as the National Post finds out from Glen Schofield, a childhood friend of Probert’s.

“His dad passed away at about the same age,” he remembered. “Bob was 17. He buried him the day before he left for training camp in (Brantford of the Ontario Hockey League). … But his father knew he had been drafted that summer.”

That’s a tough thing for any kid and makes me recall the stories told about legendary Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle who also had his father die at an early age. The affect it had on Mantle was that he lived his life very hard as a borderline alcoholic while living as a baseball icon in New York City. The parallels that can be drawn with how Probert lived his life are almost too easy to make. The difference being here that Mantle outlived his father and every male in his family while Probert seemingly succumbed to the same fate.

Probert’s funeral will be on Friday morning in Windsor, Ontario.

  1. Gschwind - Jul 6, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Lets not forget his problems with alcohol and cocaine in the past. Both can do a lot of damage to the heart.

  2. George - Jul 7, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    Thanks for the plug, Joe. WXYZ’s Tom Leyden broke the story.

  3. Bluesfan - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:31 AM

    Probert was the toughest enforcer the nhl has seen. I think there’s a major element in it of fairness. He dealt it out when the other team needed it but not recklessly. Prayers to the family.

  4. daniel brooks - Jul 7, 2010 at 6:56 AM

    Bob spent a long week-end in Cadillac in 1988. I saw him enter a sporting goods store across the street from my office. I asked him if he would stop in and sign a banner that I received at the home opener the year prior…I added, “I know that people like me make your life miserable, and if you don’t do these things, I will understand and always be a fan”. He put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Dan, I will be glad to come over. Do you think I would be making the money I make and get to PLAY for a living if it wasn’t for people like you??” He came over and totally charmed the ladies and signed for everyone. A real class act in spite of that awful illness he possessed. RIP, Bob, and prayers to your loving family.

  5. Scott - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    I’m leaning towards juice. Steroids. Not a leap in my mind. I have used anabolics/androgens and they were “great” for their purpose.
    What today’s youth and athletes need to know – may not be to not use this stuff per se – but what to be aware of – atherosclerosis as an example – later in their lives and to consider specific tests like echocardiograms of the heart and arteries.
    It is a shame to see an athlete – the epitomy of health and fitness – drop dead like Bob did! But when you are aware of what they often use to be the best they can – and I would argue it is not their fault – you can better see some issues.

  6. DONB - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    # 24 will never be forgotten,and will always be a Red Wing even in heaven.

  7. Doocon - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    I agree. Cocaine and alcohol abuse further weakened his heart. I’m not sure if maintained that party animal lifestyle post hockey days but maybe the damage was alreadty done.

  8. Arizona Buckeye - Jul 7, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    One of the greatest fights ever was Probert and Marty McSorely! MAN that was a classic

  9. Johnny Leslie - Jul 7, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    You are a WORLD CLASS A$S-H01E. ARE YOU COMPLETELY DEVOID OF HAVING ANY COMMON SENSE WHATSOEVER? This guys kids are old enough to read,his wife,family members,friends and fans are grief stricken,and you say something as vile and stupid as this? How would you like to be laying on a slab,while people all over were telling the world that you were a C**K S**KER? You should have your lungs ripped out you FKNG PUKE. GO TO HELL.

  10. Linda M - Jul 7, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    God Bless you Probert. You will always be the Red Wings enforcer.

  11. Barry - Jul 10, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Johnny Leslie take a chill pill, homo.

  12. Happy36 - Aug 15, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Easy there Johnny…your right family and
    friends are following these posts and we want to keep it clean.
    Bob would have wanted it that way.

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