Breaking: Cause of death revealed in tragic passing of 49-year-old NHL'er

Finally some explanation behind his tragic death...

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Former NHL defenseman Zarley Zalapski died at the age of 49 last Tuesday.

On Thursday, it was revealed that the 49-year-old former NHL blue liner died after suffering heart complications related to a viral infection. 

As mentioned above, a fund has been established in his memory to help the homeless. 

Zalapski played in the NHL between 1987-1998 and a 12-game stint during the 1999-00 season. 

Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins fourth overall in 1986, Zalapski made stops playing for the Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers.