Steve Bechler, 2003 News

23, Baltimore Orioles pitcher, died in February of multi-organ failure caused by complications from heatstroke. He collapsed during a spring-training workout. An autopsy later revealed that the weight-loss supplement ephedra contributed to his death. The finding renewed a controversy over the safety of the herb, which is banned by the National Football League, the International Olympic Committee, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, but not Major League Baseball.

2003 People in the News