Margo Dydek


BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Former WNBA star Margo Dydek died Friday at age 37, a week after suffering a heart attack.

Cathy Roberts, the operations manager for the Northside Wizards in the Queensland Basketball League, where Dydek was head coach, confirmed her death to The Associated Press

. The Poland-born Dydek, who was pregnant with her third child, suffered the heart attack on May 19. She collapsed at her home in Brisbane and was put in a medically induced coma.

Roberts said that Dydek was at an early stage in her pregnancy and that her unborn child had also died.

Dydek was the No. 1 pick in the 1998 WNBA draft by the Utah Starzz. She also played for San Antonio, Connecticut and Los Angeles.

The 2.13-meter (7-foot-2) Dydek was once said to be the tallest active professional female basketball player in the world.

She held the record for most blocks in a WNBA career, with 877 in 323 games, and led the league in blocks nine times, from 1998 to 2003 and again from 2005-07.

On August 27, 2008 Dydek signed with the Los Angeles Sparks following time away from basketball due to the birth of her first son in April 2008.

An entry on Dydek's Facebook page says she was born on April 28, 1974 in Warsaw, Poland to a 2-mter (6-foot-7) father and a 1.95-meter (6-foot-3) mother. She had two sisters, and her elder sister, Kashka used to play for the Colorado Explosion of the now defunct ABL, and in Poland.

Tina Thompson, a former teammate of Dydek's on the Sparks, said on the WNBA's Twitter feed: "My condolences to the family of Margo Dydek, may she rest in peace!"

The Brisbane-based Wizards posted a statement on their website Friday.

"Always in our hearts - Margo," it said. "With great sadness we acknowledge the passing of ... Margo Dydek. Margo suffered a heart attack just over a week ago and passed away Friday 27th May, peacefully and surrounded by her family.

"You were a much-loved member of our community and we will miss you greatly. Our hearts go out to your family, David and your beautiful boys xx."

She is survived by her husband, David, and two sons, David, 3, and Alex, seven months.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press

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I miss you :( Sharing your memory and love with my co-workers today. You touched my heart and gave me love for the WNBA. Rest in peace my friend. Aleka De Leon

Today I'm thinking of you and remembering your kindness. I miss you :(
Sharing your plays, laughs and our talks with my co-workers. Still love you, always have always will. Aleka

sorry to have seen you go so soon margo you will always be my player and more thanks for the memories rip my friend

Margo & I shared a close friend from Poland. His name is Kamil. I had the pleasure of having her in my home. She was such a kind special spirit. Margo loved all of our cats, and we always enjoyed when we had the pleasure of her at our home. Margo played for the Utah Starzz at that time.
Condolences to her family. She will be missed by many.

I am very sorry for your loss. Margo really was a star. I was amazed by her athlectic abilities and she brought a smile to my face when ever I watched her play.I am truly sorry for your loss.

You were such an inspiration to me and many more here in San Antonio. We will miss you dearly. Rest in peace my friend.

Niech Bóg obdarzy Cie Malgosiu wieczna radoscia, a bliskim ukoi bolesc po twojej stracie.

I will never forget the years the Comets were here in Houston. The opportunity to see so many great atheletes come through our city. To watch Margo play was truly a gift. May she and her unborn child find peace. And her family be assured that she was loved by even those who did not personally know her.