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Purdue center Simpson's career over

Heart condition detected by school

A heart condition will prevent Purdue center Jay Simpson from playing basketball again, the school announced Tuesday night.

Simpson was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an issue that led to the deaths of Hank Gathers, Reggie Lewis, Kevin Duckworth and Jason Collier.

Simpson is fortunate Purdue doctors caught the problem early, Purdue coach Matt Painter said in a release provided by the school. Simpson will "live a long and healthy life," Painter said.

"Obviously, this is very tough and upsetting news to take," Painter said. "You never want to see a young athlete's career end in a fashion like this. Jay had a very bright future in our program. We are disappointed that he will not be able to continue his basketball career."

Simpson, a redshirt freshman, will remain on scholarship and on course to graduate in 2016.

Simpson played in 26 games, averaging 4.3 points and 3.6 rebounds while backing up A.J. Hammons.

"HCM is a disease which causes structural abnormalities to the heart and may lead to sudden death in young exercising athletes," Purdue team doctor Greg Rowdon said. "Its discovery precludes the participation in competitive sports."

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