Coroner: Teen skier had heart condition - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Coroner: Teen skier had heart condition

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) - The Bonner County coroner says a 15-year-old skier who was found unresponsive in a tree well in December at Schweitzer Mountain Resort likely died of an undetected heart condition.

Kitt Rose listed William Clyde Johnson's death as natural and the cause as "probable fatal cardiac arrhythmia."

Susan Johnson tells the Bonner County Daily Bee that an autopsy revealed her son had an anomaly in his left descending coronary artery.

She says her son was a picture of health who ran cross country, and that there was never any way to suspect there was anything wrong.

William Johnson was found upside down in a tree well on Dec. 22, causing early speculation that he might have suffocated.

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