Ironman Athlete Died Of Dehydration, Excessive Exercise

September 25, 2015

The Boulder County coroner's office has released its finding in the case of a 40-year-old man who died three days after competing in an Ironman triathlon.

Coroner Emma Hall said Thursday that Brian Godlove, of Fairfax, Virginia, died of complications of dehydration and rhabdomyolysis associated with excessive exercise. Rhabdomyolysis, which happens when muscle tissue rapidly breaks down and enters the bloodstream, can be brought about by extreme exercise.