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WASHINGTON, N.J. — Authorities say a New Jersey high school star quarterback who collapsed after taking a hit on the playing field died from massive internal bleeding caused by a lacerated spleen.

The Morris County medical examiner’s office on Monday released the findings of an autopsy on 17-year-old Evan Murray. It found Murray’s spleen was “abnormally enlarged,” making it more susceptible to injury.

Officials say there was no evidence of head trauma or heart disease. The death has been ruled an accident.

The Warren Hills Regional High School player had walked off the field with the help of some teammates Friday night after taking a hit in the backfield. A short time later, the three-sport athlete collapsed on the sidelines and died at a hospital.