November 18, 1979|
|Died: February 17, 2003
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|September 6, 2002 for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 22, 2002 for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Earned run average||13.50|
Steve Bechler died of heatstroke at the beginning of spring training with the Orioles in 2003. An autopsy performed by Dr. Joshua Perper concluded that his death was caused by "'abnormal liver function and mild hypertension', his weight problem (he weighed 320 pounds and was exercising hard), the fact that he was not used to south Florida's warm weather and the toxicity of ephedra. He was using the supplement ephedra, against the advice of his trainer, and probably had not eaten in two days in an effort to lose weight. Bechler was married and the couple was expecting a child. A small scholarship fund was set up in his memory.
- Obituaries. Southern Oregon Mail Tribune. February 28, 2003
- "Why is America so Fat" p54 by Ben Kennedy http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=1MUr8VP1qQ4C&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false)
- Death at the ballpark: a comprehensive study of game-related fatalities of ... By Robert M. Gorman, David Weeks. McFarland Press. p. 64.
- Drugs and society By Glen R. Hanson, Peter J. Venturelli, Annette E. Fleckenstein p. 314.
- WEIGHT TO BEAR Obsession with shedding pounds led Bechler to ephedra BY T.J. QUINN DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER WITH CHRISTIAN RED AND ANTHONY MCCARRON. Sunday, February 23rd 2003.
- He was a gamer Sports Illustrated Online. Posted: Saturday March 08, 2003 Updated: Saturday March 08, 2003
- Steve Bechler Scholarship dinner set for fourth year. KEVIN GOFF. Mail Tribune. February 15, 2007
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