DRESDEN, Germany -- Rene Herms, who reached the 800-meter semifinals of the 2004 Athens Olympics, died of a heart attack caused by an inflamed heart muscle following a viral infection.
The cause of Herms' death on Jan. 10 was determined by an autopsy, investigators said Friday.
The 26-year-old Herms was found in his apartment by his mother-in-law.
The runner, a six-time German champion, had returned to training after having the flu over the New Year holidays.
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