Autopsy report: GCCC football player died of heat stroke

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KWCH) A Garden City Community College football player who died before the season started suffered heat stroke, according to autopsy results.

The college said it was notified on Nov. 29 that the autopsy report on Braeden Bradforth was public record.

Read the full autopsy here

Bradforth died on Aug. 3. At the time, head football coach Jeff Sims said he and his staff thought Bradforth's death may have been related to conditioning, but doctors believed a blood clotting issue led Bradforth to have a heart attack.

GCCC said in light of the findings, Interim President, Dr. Ryan Ruda launched an internal review "to provide additional factual information" to the community, the media -- and most importantly Bradforth's family.

"Garden City Community College grieves with Braeden’s family after his untimely death in August of 2018. The institution recognizes the importance of the autopsy’s findings, and that these findings provide Braeden’s family with an understanding of the medical circumstances surrounding his passing," the college said in a release.

Bradforth was from Neptune, New Jersey. spoke with his mother, Joanne Atkins Ingram, on Dec. 1. She said she holds GCCC and Coach Sims liable for her son's death and plans to sue the college, the coach and possibly others.

Wednesday morning, GCCC named Tom Minnick as its new head football coach.