Jay Simpson (right) will have his career prematurely ended, but he will remain on scholarship.
Jay Simpson (right) will have his career prematurely ended, but he will remain on scholarship.
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Doctors have told Purdue forward Jay Simpson his career is over because of a heart condition.

In a release issued Tuesday night, coach Matt Painter said the redshirt freshman was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - the same condition former basketball stars Hank Gathers, Reggie Lewis, Kevin Duckworth and Jason Collier all died from.

Painter called the decision "tough" and "upsetting." He said the Boilermakers were "very fortunate" their doctors were able to diagnose the condition.

Simpson started seven times and played in 26 games this season, averaging 4.3 points and 3.6 rebounds. The release said Simpson is on course to graduate in May 2016 and will remain on scholarship at Purdue.

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