Coroner Report Reveals N.J. High School Quarterback Died of Cut Spleen After Being Hit on the Field

Just days after his sudden death, a coroner's report reveals what tragically ended Evan Murray's life

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A coroner’s report for Evan Murray – the New Jersey high school quarterback who died Friday night after an on-field injury – has revealed his cause of death.

According to the report obtained by CBS, Murray died from a cut on his spleen.

“The autopsy determined that the cause of death was massive intra-abdominal hemorrhage (massive internal bleeding) due to a laceration of the spleen,” the report said.

It added that the athlete’s spleen was “abnormally enlarged thus making it more susceptible to injury. There was no evidence of head trauma or heart disease. The manner of death was accidental.”

Murray, who played for Warren Hills Regional High School, died after taking a hit during the team’s third game of the season against Summit High School from Summit, New Jersey.

Murray was a senior at the school and had been the team’s starting quarterback for three years. [IMAGE “1” “” “std” ]

After learning that Murray had succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital later that evening, dozens sent their condolences, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

“On behalf of all the people of New Jersey, Mary Pat and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Murray family on the loss of Evan,” Christie tweeted.

NFL team, the New York Jets also sent the family a message, tweeting “our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Evan murray.”

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