Thursday, July 23, 2009

Autopsy Pending in Death of Cookeville Man

An autopsy has been ordered after a Cookeville man collapsed and died at the Sparta YMCA this week. Officials say 38-year-old Michael Hickey had apparently been going through a training regimen for Jiu-Jitsu when he began to feel short of breath. A few minutes later, he stopped breathing. A friend who was with him was able to re-start his breathing on two occasions using CPR, but Hickey was later pronounced dead at White County Community hospital. Friends say there was nothing unusual about the workout. It could take several several weeks to get the results of the autopsy.