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Ruling on former Bobcat's death awaits test results


The cause of death for former Ohio football player Marcellis Williamson might not be available for at least a month.

After a Thursday autopsy, the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office said determining a cause of death will be delayed until additional tests are complete.

Williamson, 23, died Wednesday in Euclid Hospital and underwent an autopsy the next day. Friday afternoon, the office’s director of public affairs, Powell W. Caesar III said a full toxicology report will be completed before a cause of death is determined.

“We’ll do tox screens, the whole nine yards on him,” Caesar said. “It could take anywhere from four to nine weeks.”

Wednesday night, Williamson’s friends said they believed the cause of death to be a heart attack. The coroner’s office has made no indication as to what the cause might have been. Caesar said the office does not announce preliminary causes of death.

Williamson's family set up the Marcellis Williamson Memorial Fund, which has collected more than $2,500 in only 24 hours, said Jason Corriher, assistant athletic director for Media Relations.

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