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Arkansas father spreads awareness about heart disease after son's death

(Source: KATV) (Source: KATV)
LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KATV) -

An Arkansas father is working to raise awareness about heart disease after his son died at the of 26.

Jorre McMahan, a football coach at Hampton High School, died in September after he passed out during football practice.

His father, Johnny McMahan, said Jorre knew his blood pressure was high, but he didn’t take his medicine.

“His life was cut short, and I believe it was because he didn't take his blood pressure serious,” McMahan said. “If they're ever in a situation like this, where they have a family member, to pay attention to it, ask them, encourage them to take their medicine.”

McMahan told Little Rock ABC affiliate KATV, he believes his son would still be here today if he would have taken his medicine.

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