Quentin Groves Cause of Death: How Did Former NFL Star Die?

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 20:  Quentin Groves #54 of the Cleveland Browns stands on the sidelines before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 20, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Browns 31-13.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Groves pictured in October 2013. (Getty)

Former Auburn, Titans and Jaguars defensive end Quentin Groves died of a heart attack at the age of 32, according to USA Today’s Luke Easterling. Famously, Groves discovered he had Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome at an NFL Combine. As a result, he needed to have surgery before teams would consider him. During his career, Groves played for the Jaguars, Raiders, Cardinals, Browns, Texans, Titans and the Bills. He was cut from the Bills in September 2015.

Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome effects that heart’s electrical system. On the Mayo Clinic’s website, it reads:

In Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome, an extra electrical pathway between your heart’s upper chambers (atria) and lower chambers (ventricles) causes a rapid heartbeat (tachycardia).

The extra electrical pathway is present at birth and fairly rare. WPW is detected in about 4 out of every 100,000 people. People of all ages, including infants, can experience the symptoms related to Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Most people with symptoms first experience them between the ages of 11 and 50.

The episodes of fast heartbeats usually aren’t life-threatening, but serious heart problems can occur. Treatment for Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome can stop or prevent episodes of fast heartbeats. A catheter-based procedure, known as ablation, can permanently correct the heart rhythm problems.

As tribute to Groves on the Auburn Gold Mine Twitter page said that he was known for his “sacks and smiles.”