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Half brothers die jogging days apart in NYC: Cardiac arrest cause of death

Joggers run in shorts on an unusually mild day January 4, 2007 in New York City.
Joggers run in shorts on an unusually mild day January 4, 2007 in New York City.
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Half brothers die jogging days apart in NYC and a family is struggling to find ways to heal from the sudden deaths. Sunday, Peter Berry collapsed during a run through New York's Central Park and was pronounced dead days later. His half brother, Ryan Berry, died days after he collapsed during a New Year's Eve run. The cause of death in both cases is cardiac arrest, citing a Jan. 23 GreenwichTime news report.

Half brothers die jogging days apart just doesn't make sense -- at a glance -- from a medical point of view. The siblings had just completed the New York Marathon and were avid health and fitness buffs.

Peter, 60, was on a daily run through the park when he suddenly collapsed. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but passed away days later.

Peter's half brother, Ryan, 68, died nine days after jogging in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Moreover, because he didn't have any identification on his person at the time he was found, authorities didn't know his name.

Several days later, another sibling noticed the picture of a man on social media, which showed him attached to numerous tubes as if he were on life support. It was the picture of his brother, Ryan ( in this image).

It's been a shock for the family. It's still hard to believe. We're just grateful for all the kind support," said Charles Berry, the dead men's last surviving sibling.

Half brothers dying 10 days apart while jogging is shocking on so many levels.

Ryan, a prominent citizen in New York, was a devout vegan. He is the author of the self-published book, "Vegan Guide to New York City." Additionally, he penned other books on the histories of vegans and vegetarians.

His half brother, Peter, graduated from Boston University Law School and Yale University. He practiced corporate trust law and taxation.

Peter was in very good shape. He was incredible with yoga — very limber," Charles added.

Some evidence points to genetics as a cause of the sudden deaths from two health-conscious brothers. As the New York Daily News points out, Eliot, an older brother, fell to heart failure in 2008. The 59-year-old was also very active and health conscious.

Still, news that half brothers die jogging days apart is sobering.


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