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Paradise Jam Player's Brother Died of Enlarged Heart, Autopsy Reveals

Nov. 27, 2006 — The younger brother of Arizona State's Aubree Johnson died from an enlarged heart while in St. Thomas for the Paradise Jam tournament, the medical examiner said Monday.
Fifteen-year-old Jordan Johnson died in his sleep either late Friday or early Saturday while on St. Thomas with his parents to watch Aubree play.
Medical examiner Michelle DuPre performed the autopsy Monday and said the heart condition could have been genetic and likely was not diagnosed.
Toxicology results were "completely negative," DuPre said.
The Sun Devils, nationally ranked 14th, were supposed to face No. 18 Rutgers on Saturday night. Arizona State called off the game hours before the scheduled tipoff because of Johnson's death.
Rutgers could have forced Arizona State to forfeit by taking the floor at game time, but the Scarlet Knights stayed away from the arena Saturday, said Craig Jonas, a spokesman for the tournament organizer.
Because of the NCAA's "catastrophic event" rule, neither team will receive a loss for the missed game.
A moment of silence was held before the start of the tournament's other game Saturday, a 95-86 win by Auburn over Western Michigan.
Aubree Johnson is a power forward from Post Falls, Idaho.
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