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Autopsy: QB died from pneumonia, had brain disease

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2006, file photo, Grand Valley State quarterback Cullen Finnerty (16) holds off Northwest Missouri defender Ikechukwu Urum-Eke (22) during a Division II college football Championship game in Florence, Ala. The former Division II football star disappeared in the Michigan wilderness during a late-evening fishing trip in May and died of pneumonia caused by inhaling his vomit, according to an updated autopsy released Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. The report also suggests Finnerty's disorientation and paranoia in the woods may have been exacerbated by a combination of the painkiller oxycodone and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease has been found in a number of ex-football players. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)