Cause of death released for Cameron Gallagher, teen who died after Shamrock Half-Marathon

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 Cameron Gallagher (PHOTO:  Gallagher family)

Cameron Gallagher (PHOTO: Gallagher family)

RICHMOND, Va. — The cause of death has been released for the Freeman High School student who died in March after crossing the finish line of the Shamrock Half-Marathon in Virginia Beach.

The Hampton Roads Medical Examiner’s Office said Cameron Gallagher died of an irregular heartbeat associated with physical exertion and dehydration.

Her father told CBS 6 News that the family will continue to look into a possible genetic cause.

Dave and Grace Gallagher are organizing a 5k in her honor in Richmond.

The Speak Up 5k benefits the Cameron Kathleen Gallagher Memorial Foundation, which helps kids battling depression. The race will be held on Sept. 6 in Byrd Park.


1 Comment

  • Troy

    This was very likely due to a congenital heart defect, something that can go unnoticed until the first episode and sadly in Cameron’s case, the first realization had the worst possible outcome. Parents with any history of heart disease or for that matter, any parent whose child has passed the 6th grade should have focused echocardiogram done on their child. With the recent technology, it only takes 30 minutes, will likely cost less than $100, and will certainly give you the peace of mind to know your child does not have such a condition. I conducted such studies as part of the HEARTS study.

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