Special Olympics Illinois athlete who died during swimming competition ID'd

Barry Mogk, 43, of Bloomington, Ill. (Family photo)

Authorities identified Sunday an athlete who died while competing in the Illinois Special Olympics Summer Games in Normal, Ill.

Barry Mogk, 43, of Normal was competing in a swimming event Saturday at the Aquatics Center at Normal West High School when he suffered a medical emergency, the McLean County Coroner said. Mogk was transported to Advocate Bromenn Hospital in Normal but could not be resuscitated, the Special Olympics Illinois said.

A preliminary autopsy found that Mogk died from a fatal cardiac arrhythmia, the coroner said.

In a statement released by the coroner, Mogk's mother said, "Barry enjoyed his life and was loved by all," and was looking forward to competing in the Special Olympics.

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