LA Marathon Runner Dies After Suffering "Major Heart Attack" at Finish Line

Trisha Paddock back row on left

Los Angeles, CA – A 46-year-old marathon runner died on Sunday after collapsing at the finish line.

Trisha Paddock, a mother of 3, suffered a “major” heart attack at the finish line and died at the hospital after being put on life support, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“Trisha Paddock believed in the mission of AADAP and was so excited to be a part of our team,” said Dean Nakanishi, Chief Executive Officer of AADAP. “The Charity Challenge team members met together on Sunday morning before the start of the race, and everyone was enthusiastic to be participating in this event. We are all stunned that she is no longer with us. Our hearts go out to her husband and children, who loved her dearly.”

NBC Los Angeles reported:

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A 46-year-old woman who collapsed at the finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon has died, the race’s first death since 2007, organizers announced Tuesday.

Trisha Paddock of Rancho Palos Verdes was running in the 13.1-mile Charity Challenge where all participants were fundraising for one of the race’s official charities.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel met with Paddock at 12:10 p.m. Sunday due to a medical complaint that escalated to a cardiac arrest, LAFD Capt. Erik Scott said Sunday.

“Medical aid was quickly provided by over a dozen personnel, including LAFD Cycle Teams, and the patient was rapidly treated and transported to a local hospital,” Scott said.

A GoFundMe was set up to assist the Paddock family with medical bills and other critical expenses.

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