Autopsy shows Garden City Community College football player died of heat stroke


An autopsy now shows that heat stroke caused the death of a Garden City Community College football player last summer.

Braeden Bradforth, 19, collapsed and died on August 1 after a pair of workouts.

An internal review is being conducted by the school’s administrators. 

Garden City Community College statement: 

“Garden City Community College received word on November 29th that the autopsy report for former GCCC student Braeden Bradforth was released as public record.  The report cites Braden’s cause of death as exertional heat stroke.  Garden City Community College grieves with Braeden’s family after his untimely death in August of 2018.  The institution recognizes the importance of the autopsy’s findings, and that these findings provide Braden’s family with an understanding of the medical circumstances surrounding his passing.  In order to provide additional factual information, an internal review is being conducted by GCCC administrators. The review was launched at the direction of Interim President, Dr. Ryan Ruda.  It was among the first actions taken in his new role.  The ongoing review is intended to ensure that the college can transparently inform the community, the media, and-most importantly-Braeden’s family of the accurate facts and circumstances surrounding Braeden’s death.  

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