LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Cerritos man was one of two runners who collapsed and died of apparent heart attacks during the Philadelphia marathon, police said Monday.

Jeffrey Lee, 21, collapsed at the finish line of the race on Sunday, Philadelphia police Ofc. Jillian Russell told the Associated Press.

A 40-year-old man also collapsed about one-fourth of a mile away from the finish line, according to the Associated Press.

Both men were hospitalized for cardiac arrest and were later pronounced dead.

Lee, a senior studying nursing and business at the University of Pennsylvania, attended Whitney High School in Cerritos.

Melanie Johnson, executive director of The Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend, told the Associated Press that organizers are “deeply saddened”.

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Comments (2)
  1. Run to death says:

    Is it really worth it? Who came up with the idea that it’s healthy to beat your body down with fatigue by running this much?

  2. droidly says:

    a 21yo running himself to death is not likely. more it’s a result of a congenital heart condition which is unforeseen in young athletes. it’s a very unfortunate tragedy, but thousands of people run every year and pushing yourself physically is nothing to be afraid of. the benefits far outweigh the risks.

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