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Cause of Death Released on Former GVSU QB Cullen Finnerty

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After more than two months since his death, autopsy results for former GVSU quarterback Cullen Finnerty have been released.

Finnerty disappeared during a Memorial Day weekend trip near Baldwin. His body was found not far from the 40th Street bridge over the Baldwin River on May 28.

According to the autopsy report, Finnerty died of pneumonia, which was complicated by pain medication. The Medical Examiner also studied Finnerty's brain and says chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) complicated his condition.

CTE is a degenerative brain disease often linked to past concussions or head injuries.

The Lake County Sheriff's Department says the results took several weeks because a number of test were performed at Boston University. 

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