Forty two year-old former Olympian and admitted PED user/drug cheat Antonio Pettigrew was found dead at age 42. Pettigrew served as a track coach at The University of North Carolina.
There was no word on the exact time or possible cause of death for Pettigrew, whose body was discovered on Tuesday according to a spokesman for University of North Carolina, where Pettigrew was an assistant athletics coach.
Pettigrew, who won the 1991 400 metres world title in Tokyo, was a member of the 4x400 metres American relay team that won the gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
But the International Olympic Committee (IOC) stripped Pettigrew and his teammates - including Michael Johnson - of their medals after he admitted, during a trial against former coach Trevor Graham, to doping.
Pettigrew qualifies as a "non-analytic" PED user: He never tested positive for PEDs, however he admitted to use under oath in court.
Pettigrew used at least EPO and HGH. Studies have shown HGH enlarges the heart muscle. EPO is related to sudden death in cyclists -- it changes hemodynamics.
Could HGH and EPO use have lead to a cardiac problem in Pettigrew produced sudden cardiac death? No one will know exactly, but it's intelligent speculation.
It is reported Victor Conte thought EPO was one of the best PEDs. Will we now start to see 40+ former athletes drop dead from PED side effects?