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Autopsy reveals factors in police recruit's death

Tony Alexander Cephas, 43, collapsed during training exercise

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two factors appear to have contributed to the death of a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office recruit, who was rushed to the hospital during a training exercise at the police academy in March.

According to a report from the Medical Examiner’s Office, Tony Cephas died from arteriosclerotic heart disease and sickle cell anemia was a contributing factor in his death.

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The report shows Cephas’ left coronary artery was 75% blocked, which is considered a severe blockage. His right coronary artery was 50% blocked.

Cephas, 43, had been exercising with his class of recruits for about 15 minutes when they were given a water break. An instructor noticed something was wrong and Cephas was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

Cephas is survived by his wife and two children.