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Former Sparks player Margo Dydek dies at 37

May 27, 2011 | 11:31 am

 Photo: Margo Dydek. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Associated Press. A week after suffering a heart attack, former Sparks player Margo Dydek died Friday in Brisbane, Australia. She was 37.

Dydek was pregnant with her third child when she suffered a heart attack on May 19. She was put in a medically induced coma.

The 7-foot-2 center was the No. 1 pick in the 1998 draft by the Utah Starzz. She also played for San Antonio, Connecticut and two games in 2008 for the Sparks.

She was once considered to be the tallest active women's basketball player in the world.

"The WNBA is deeply saddened by the passing of Margo Dydek," WNBA President Laurel Richie said in a statement.  "She was a tremendous person, role model and athlete who touched the lives of her many fans and made an indelible mark on women's basketball around the world.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family."

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Notable deaths of 2011

Notable sports deaths of 2011

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 Photo: Margo Dydek. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Associated Press.