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Kevin Mitchell Update

The Virginia medical examiner's office has concluded its investigation into the death of former Skins LB Kevin Mitchell, verifying their preliminary findings that he passed away from a heart attack. Mitchell died from heart disease and natural causes, the office said today.

Mitchell, 36, died in his sleep April 30, in one of many tragedies to strike the Redskins family this spring/summer. Mitchell's wife, Denise, is expecting the couple's third child in January. Mark Maske did an excellent story on the Mitchell family a few weeks back and in it Denise spoke about concerns that there may be a family history of heart problems, which this report would confirm.

Still heard to believe things like this happen even to those who are so young and have been in such great health and we wish the Mitchell family all of the best. I went to Syracuse at the same time Kevin did and will always remember his tenacity and leadership qualities. He was known as an all-around great guy then and carried that same reputation with him until the day he died.

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 23, 2007; 1:49 PM ET
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Add to your list: How has Kevin's death affected players at Redskins Park? Did it make an impression?

Posted by: KK | July 23, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Thoughts and prayers out to his family.

Posted by: jm220 | July 23, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse

My prayers continue to go out toward their family.

Posted by: Lisa | July 23, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

We'd love to hear more real insiders talk about Kevin.

May the Mitchell family find Peace in his remembrance.

Posted by: Stumped | July 23, 2007 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Something that may come of this, as did the Corey Stringer tragedy and the Concussion talk is that these players need to be screened for EVERYTHING!

If there was knowledge of heart disease in his family, he should be on a list to be monitored after every workout, practice and game.

You see highschool athletes dying, college, something needs to be done.

But if there are stringent tests, there is the possibility of someone not being allowed to play due to their physical condition... that is where players stop divulging the pertinent information.

Prayers to the Mitchells

Posted by: Zebra | July 23, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

There is certainly a great health risk in being a former athlete. Athletes are kept in great shape all their lives. Many of them bulk up with muscle to better themselves as athletes. The problem is that after the playing days are over for some athletes, their bodies go through a lot of changes. Some of these changes become fatal. I hope that someday an organization arises that keeps former players active and health concious. Too many athletes are dying early.

Posted by: midniterc | July 23, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Yo Jason -

Try and let us know what's the deal w/ BLloyd's physical condition. Word is, he's bulked up a ton over the offseason. Saw some pics of what seems to be a massive gain in bycep size. Is this a sign he might care/try hard this season? Would be good news, but don't lie to me if it ain't so..

Posted by: Andy (NYC) | July 23, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Go, go, Jason!

I feel bad for Kevin Mitchell, he was just too young. :(

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | July 23, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

My chocolate lab puppy just told me that he wants a Clinton Portis jersey for Festivus - do they make jerseys for dogs (for people like me who take the Skins way too seriously and with way too much time on their hands)? I think it should go over well here in Cincinnati....speaking of - if there are any fellow Skins fans in the 'Nati on this blog, holler at me! Strength in numbers......

Posted by: LMG (aka The Guest Blogger You Love to Hate) | July 23, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

p.s. very sad about Mitchell, and I agree with Zebra that complete physical screening might help prevent such tragedies in the future, but you never know, it might've simply been his time. Best wishes to his family.

Posted by: LMG (aka The Guest Blogger You Love to Hate) | July 23, 2007 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't here this time last year, I'm so excited about training camp!!

Posted by: kost52 | July 23, 2007 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Would be nice if the Skins started some sort of foundation for the Mitchell children. Not everything needs to be a patch on a jersey. But, something would be kind.

Posted by: AEE | July 23, 2007 6:49 PM | Report abuse

A really, really sad story. It's hard to believe a pro athlete could die so young of something like that. Thoughts and prayers out to the entire Mitchell family, indeed.

BTW, that piece by Maske was wonderful.

Posted by: P Diddy | July 23, 2007 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Goodell orders Vick not to report to camp wire reports

NEW YORK (July 23, 2007) -- Commissioner Roger Goodell has ordered Michael Vick of the Atlanta Falcons not to report to the team's training camp pending the completion of an NFL review of his recent indictment by a federal grand jury in Richmond, Va., for allegedly participating in an interstate dog-fighting enterprise.

Commissioner Goodell informed Vick that the review would be completed as soon as possible and that Vick's full cooperation is expected.

In a letter to Vick today, Commissioner Goodell said: "While it is for the criminal justice system to determine your guilt or innocence, it is my responsibility as commissioner of the National Football League to determine whether your conduct, even if not criminal, nonetheless violated league policies, including the Personal Conduct Policy."

Vick will not forfeit his preseason pay during his excused absence from training camp.

Commissioner Goodell also directed the Falcons today to withhold any contemplated team discipline regarding the Vick matter until the NFL review is completed.

Posted by: 35332 | July 23, 2007 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm nine years older and have always excersized, but this got me to a cardiologist for the first time. I can tell you that those stress tests aren't nearly as bad as people say, so don't delay!

Posted by: Redskinrex | July 23, 2007 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Damn, didn't know Golston added 25 lbs. during the offseason. If him and Montgomery step up maybe the DL will be in much better shape than we think.

Posted by: cdubb | July 23, 2007 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Rest in Peace... I still remember that interception he made in the end zone to seal the victory over the soon to be SUPER BOWL CHAMPION Baltimore Ravens.

Posted by: rando in LA | July 23, 2007 10:44 PM | Report abuse


Shawn and Ron Springs on DC101 this morning around 7am!

Oh, and anyone else who is interested.

Posted by: Zebra | July 24, 2007 6:26 AM | Report abuse

Any one ask the tough questions was Mitchell's condition inherited or was it a result of steroid use? Mitchell's death kind of reminds you of the deaths in the WWE doesnt it? So Jason why not do what you went to college for and play journalist and ask the tough questions why did Mitchell have a heart attack in his mid 30's. Was there a history of heart disease? Any family members die young from heart disease. Its called reporting Jason not just drinking the Deadskins Kool Aid and reporting what they tell you to. Now Mr Mitchell heart attack could have been inherited, casued by other causes or resulted from roids. mAybe Bob Woodward could give you some clues have to do investigative reporting but you would probably have better results with a tutorial from the WP's hot gossip babes!

Posted by: vaherder | July 24, 2007 6:46 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Zebra! I missed the Springs on DC101 but they are going to be on Washington Post Live this afternoon as well....of course, I will probably still be at work :(

Posted by: Lisa | July 24, 2007 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Ron just talked about his disease... did not pay attention in '91 when they told him he had diabetes... standard fare for what we have heard previously.

Springs said Gibbs grinds in came vs the west coast attitude of Holmgren who did not want to hit too much.

Shawn says we should be fine... says hard division, T.O. not a pr$ck (SJK). Romo will be game planned, but he is a good player.

Studs in the secondary, one of the best in the league. 11 years, and carlos is the lowest pick out of the 4 starters.

He has to see what we look like in camp to know how good we are.?

Landry is a man among boys, not signed by friday. Whos fault, springs says it could be the organization since he is the athlete.

His name will not suface in Vick case. Good friend, It surprises him, Vick due his fair process, but if guilty, he is in a world of trouble.

Goddell did a good thing, distraction to team and Vick. When indicted by feds, good to take time, it is a serious deal, supercedes football.

Believes that any referee indiscretion would most likely need more than just one ref on the take. Horrible black eye for the NBA.

Does not know PacMan.

Posted by: Zebra | July 24, 2007 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Keenan McCardell HAS NOT signed with Houston says John Clayton of ESPN.

Posted by: Rob | July 24, 2007 7:55 AM | Report abuse


That's a weird one, even by your loony standards. Guy has a heart attack which the coroner -- after a medical autopsy -- says was caused by "heart disease and natural causes" and you think it could be steroids so Jason should investigate your suspicion?

Why? What would we do with that information?

Posted by: KK | July 24, 2007 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Along with that KK;

Unless the steriods were in his body, which would have been discovered during the autopsy, how in the He$$ would anyone find out he did steriods during his playing carrer?

Just another bored conspiracy theorist. Hey, the moon landing was fake, right?

Posted by: Zebra | July 24, 2007 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Former athletes dying in the mid thirties to late forties of a heart attack in many cases is a result of steroid use numb nuts.
If remember correctly Mitchell was ripped.
Trainers at Redskins Park would have a good idea about any alleged steroid use as would the ME. There are signs bubbette! Trainers at Deadskin Park arent going to talk. 2+2 in this case maybe 4 or maybe 9.
Something for the crack sports reporters at the WP to investigate. Or are they too busy drinking the Kool Aid. If this was NYC some reporter would have asked the question. It is unusual bubbette to die of a heart attack at that age especially if you are in good shape as Mitchell was! Steroid use causes heart disease!

Zebra you need to get out more often and spend less time trying to win at pocket pool!

Posted by: vaherder | July 24, 2007 10:12 AM | Report abuse

vaherder, you're an idiot. You don't know anything about his family's medical history. Heart disease kills millions of people annually - even people in their thirties. His may or may not have been diagnosed. We What's the point of your unsupported speculation anyway?

Posted by: LH | July 24, 2007 10:23 AM | Report abuse

lets trample on a mans grave. vaherder you are an f'ing moron

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2007 10:25 AM | Report abuse

So what about the highschool basketball player who was tall and skinny who died? Athlete all his life, was he on roids too?

Please, for once vaherder, back up this statement with some real facts... a link... anything - "Former athletes dying in the mid thirties to late forties of a heart attack in many cases is a result of steroid use" - this is the basis of your argument, support it.

Read this

Pocket Pool huh, what are you, 13?

Posted by: Zebra | July 24, 2007 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Still a tough thing to deal with a guy dying so young like that.

"post hoc ergo propter hoc"...that is latin for "after it therefore because of it".

Just because steroid use is the story of this decade doesnt mean that everything happens because of steroids...and to equate the death of kevin Mitchell even remotely to the Chris Benoit WWE thing is just plain wrong.

Vaherder, I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul. (A little Billy Madison for the folks)

Posted by: Cheyenne, WY | July 24, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

My thoughts and prayers go to his Family and Friends... He seemed like a great guy based on that article. Very touching how his wife found out she was pregnant with their 3rd child on the way home from his funeral... Wow... unbelievable... words cannot describe this...

May God Bless her and their kids...

Posted by: E in VB | July 24, 2007 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Guys, don't lower yourselves to grace that moron with an answer.

vaherder, why bother posting? Go sell your piss and vinegar to people who want to hear it. No one here does.

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | July 24, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Do us all a favor and stop showing us how ignorant and conceited you are. Just stop... You have major issues...

NYC this... NYC that... waaaaahaaahaaaaa!

If only you guys could do it as good as we do it in NYC. SHUTUP! You sound so pathetic.

Posted by: E in VB | July 24, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Interesting.. but not sure how likely.

If the Falcons look to add another experienced quarterback to their roster, Daunte Culpepper was recently released by the Dolphins. He is battling back from a severe knee injury but is only two seasons removed from throwing for 4,717 yards and 39 touchdowns. Another veteran to watch through training camp is the Washington Redskins' Mark Brunell, who is set to backup Jason Campbell. Brunell played for Falcons coach Bobby Petrino with the Jacksonville Jaguars and threw a career-high 23 touchdown passes in 2005 with the Redskins, when working with Bill Musgrave, who is now the Falcons quarterbacks coach. -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

See it for yourself.

JLC, Any truth or validity to that?

Posted by: E in VB | July 24, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Flag on the play;

delay of game, on all of us for not ITA

but should their be a red flag thrown if it is to help the count towards 100K?

Posted by: Zebra | July 24, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Good catch E. Interesting...

From MB's stand point, I would sure go for it. But, this will only be driven by Petrino wanting him, like Spurrier wanting old gators QBs, no matter who good or terrible they have been doing lately in the NFL..........

Posted by: 4th | July 24, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I'd rather have MB backing up Campbell than TC.

At least we know what MB can and can not do. Todd Collins could better or 10 times worse (I hate saying that about former Mich players)

Posted by: 4th | July 24, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

"McCardell headed to Texans?
Keenan McCardell denied reports Monday that he was joining the Texans. McCardell said he hasn't agreed to terms with the Texans or any other team. He said he hasn't even spoken to the Texans in a week. While McCardell continues weighing offers from several teams, Texans coach Gary Kubiak said he remains hopeful that eventually the veteran wide receiver will choose the Texans. -- Houston Chronicle


We are waiting for a retraction JLaC

Posted by: 4th | July 24, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Who's worse - Brunell or Harrington? My vote is they stink equally.

Posted by: Poll Man | July 24, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse


Agreed. We know what we have with MB; TC is an unknown for us... MB seems to be a good mentor/player-coach for JC as well... The only way it would be worth it to the Redskins is if they truely felt TC would be solid backup to get us thru 2-3 games if there was injury to JC. Additionally, a draft pick or two in return for MB... Maybe we could get that 3rd rd pick back that we lost for TJ... :-)

Otherwise, I much good with MB as a backup (if he is the healthy MB of 2005 that could throw the ball).

Posted by: E in VB | July 24, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Heck yeah. No less than a 3rd (which we also gave up to get Brunell. Plus, they have zero leverage right now).

Posted by: 4th | July 24, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

How sweet would it be to actually get an extra draft pick from Atl for next year, instead of blowing our own picks on scrubs. But Brunell backing up Cambell sounds a lot better than Collinsto me. I have NO faith in Collins. Either way, if Soup goes down, we're in trouble.

Posted by: VTMatt | July 24, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Totally. For what it's worth, I don't know why there was all the booing at the last Giants game last year when MB took the field after Soup got jacked up. I'd put my money on MB in a horse race over TC any day of the week. 'sides MB's just a plain nice guy- he never has to say SJK.

Posted by: 4skinz | July 24, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Poll Man, MB or Joey?
As an avid Oregon Ducks fan, I can tell you the performance of Joey in the NFL has left a bad taste in a lot of Oregon mouths.
The perfect example of the maxim that it takes more than talent to succeed in the NFL.
By any basis of comparison, MB has been decidedly more successful than JH.
But picking a Husky over a Duck hurts more than you could possibly know.

Posted by: Redskin Willie | July 24, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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