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Cause of triathlete’s death could be unavailable for weeks

Details about the cause and manner of death for Ironman Coeur d’Alene triathlete Sean Murphy may not be released for several weeks.

The Kootenai County Coroner’s Office must wait until results from microscopic tissue tests from Murphy’s autopsy are complete before disclosing information about the cause and manner of his death, said chief deputy coroner Beth Clemens. The process often takes six to eight weeks.

Ironman personnel spotted Murphy, 44, struggling in Lake Coeur d’Alene Sunday about 20 minutes into the race and pulled him out of the water. They tried to resuscitate him at the medical tent before transferring him to Kootenai Medical Center, according to a Coroner’s Office statement.

Murphy stayed on life support there until he died at 1:07 Tuesday afternoon.