Coroner: Ephedra linked to Bechler's heatstroke

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The diet supplement ephedra contributed to the heatstroke that killed Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler, a medical examiner said Thursday.

Toxicology tests confirmed that "significant amounts" of an over-the-counter supplement containing the herb ephedra, along with other factors, led to the heatstroke that killed Bechler on Feb. 17, Broward County medical examiner Dr. Joshua Perper said.

Ephedra is banned by many sports leagues but not Major League Baseball.

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