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Dydek, 37, in medically induced coma

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BRISBANE, Australia

Former WNBA player Margo Dydek was in a hospital on Friday in Brisbane, Australia, after suffering a heart attack.

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Margo Dydek towered over the competition during her playing days.

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The 37-year-old, who played for the Utah Starzz, San Antonio Silver Stars, Connecticut Sun and Los Angeles Sparks, was placed in a medically induced coma after the heart attack on Thursday morning, Basketball Australia confirmed to NewsCore.

Dydek, who was born in Poland, has been working as a coach for the Northside Wizards in the Queensland Basketball League. She collapsed at her home in Brisbane and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Her sister, Catherine Dydek, told Polish sports website interia.pl that Dydek has suffered from an irregular heartbeat for some time.

Dydek is pregnant with her third child, Basketball Australia said, but it was not known how far along the pregnancy was.

She came to Australia in September 2009 after her husband, who is British, got a job in Brisbane.

At 7-2, she was once famous for being the tallest active professional female basketball player in the world.

Dydek currently holds the record for most blocks in a WNBA career, with 877 blocks in 323 games.
 

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