CDC Supports Diagnosis in Death of MU Football Player
Boone County Medical Examiner Valerie Rao found in August that O'Neal died of the viral illness after collapsing on Faurot Field during a preseason workout one month earlier. But she left open the possibility that other factors contributed to his sudden death. Rao asked the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to examine brain tissue for a number of other viruses. A C-D-C pathology report provided by Rao to The Associated Press show the results came back negative. Rao said the CDC's findings make her even more confident that the earlier diagnosis which has been questioned by other experts was accurate.