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Referee Suffers Fatal Heart Attack During Kirkwood Soccer Game

Jim Duniven was pronounced dead a short time after collapsing during the Lindbergh vs. Kirkwood varsity soccer match Thursday.

Tragedy struck a high school soccer field Thursday when a respected referree suffered a fatal heart attack.

Jim Duniven, 59, of Sappington, collapsed from a heart attack around 7 p.m. toward the end of the Lindbergh versus Kirkwood boys varsity soccer match at Lindbergh High School, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

A Lindbergh trainer and a doctor in the stands performed CPR on Duniven until emergency workers arrived, according to the Post. Duniven was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital a short time later.

In 2005, Duniven was honored as the Missouri State High School Activities Association referee of the year, according to the Post.

To learn more, visit stltoday.com.

Katie October 07, 2012 at 07:54 PM
This is a sad story indeed. Do you know if an Automated External Defibrillator was on hand? AED's save lives and I would be interested to know if Lindbergh High School has such a device on their campus and whether or not it was used on Mr. Duniven.

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