Micah True's Cause of Death Revealed

Autopsy uncovers heart problems

It was heart disease that ultimately killed 58-year-old ultrarunner Micah True in late March, according to an autopsy report released yesterday. True, who was made famous by the 2009 book Born to Run, apparently suffered from cardiomyopathy, a disease from which the heart becomes enlarged. While medical examiners couldn’t pinpoint why True suffered from the disease, they reported a dilated and thickened left ventricle (which pumps blood to the body). The famed runner also died with scrapes on his elbows, forearms, knees and shins.

It's not uncommon for endurance athletes who spend as much time as True on the trail to have a larger left ventricle, Scott Jurek, another ultra-marathoner, told the New York Daily News. The body adapts to the conditioning that allows these athletes to cover such large distances.

True is remembered as “Caballo Blanco” among his friends, family and fans, who carry on his legacy.

Via The Washington Post.