Coroner links death of strongman Michael Jenkins to steroid use

World’s Strongest Man competitor Michael Jenkins died of an enlarged heart that was likely caused by his longtime use of anabolic steroids, according to the Dauphin County coroner.

Coroner Graham Hetrick released autopsy and toxicology test results Friday and said Jenkins’s heart was about twice as large as it should have been. He said Jenkins also took other performance-enhancing drugs that damaged his heart and other organs.

Jenkins, of Hershey, was 31 years old when he died in his sleep November 28.

“It’s a one-way street with anabolic steroids,” Hetrick said. “From what I can see, you’re not going to quit them after five, or six or eight years of competition and then just get better again because you stopped.”

Jenkins competed in several strongman competitions and finished fourth in the World’s Strongest Man competition shortly before his death. He finished in fifth place in 2012 and eighth in 2011.

He also played football at James Madison University and owned CrossFit Gamma gym in Hershey.

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