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Family drops lawsuit in death of NC athlete

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Relatives of a Western Carolina University football player who died after a 2009 workout have dropped a wrongful death lawsuit against the school's athletic personnel.

The lawsuit filed by the father of Ja'Quayvin Smalls was voluntarily dismissed Thursday. Smalls' family had been seeking money from the school's coaches and training staff.

Smalls died in July 2009, hours after collapsing while running during his first preseason workout. The junior defensive back from Wando, S.C., had just transferred from Georgia Military College.

An autopsy showed Smalls had an enlarged heart. Doctors also found that sickle cell trait and exertion contributed to his cardiac arrest.

Just before Smalls' death, the NCAA recommended that all of its member schools test athletes for the sickle cell condition. Western Carolina started testing after Smalls' death.

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