Heart attack, stroke likely causes of Hatley death

Packers vice president of football operations Mark Hatley likely died of a heart attack, the Brown County Medical Examiner's office ruled Wednesday. Hatley, 54, was found dead in his home in the suburban Green Bay community of Howard on Tuesday.

Before and after a round of golf at Thornberry Creek Country Club in nearby Oneida on Monday night, Hatley had mentioned what he termed "gastric reflexes" in his chest, according to reports.

Packers offensive coordinator Tom Rossley, who was part of Hatley's golf foursome, told reporters that he believed Hatley had seen a physician for the condition and was taking medicaton. During the round of golf Hatley reportedly had chest pains when swallowing, but assured the rest of his party, which included defensive coordinator Bob Slowik and secondary coach Kurt Schottenheimer, that he was fine.

After golfing, which was cut short two holes short by darkness, the four ate dinner in the Thornberry Creek clubhouse. After finishing his dinner of chicken fingers and french fries, Hatley left for home at about 10:15 p.m.

Both before and after golfing, Hatley had mentioned to companions that he had experienced the chest sensation before and thought it was getting better.

Wednesday's shareholders meeting started with a moment of silence for Hatley, and Packers president Bob Harlan, coach/general manager Mike Sherman and vice president of player finance Andrew Brandt began their presentations by remembering Hatley.

"He won't be forgotten in a hurry," Harlan said.

Flags at Lambeau Field will remain at half-staff until Hatley's funeral on Friday. A memorial service will be held in his hometown of Tulsa, Okla., at 1 p.m. Friday. Sherman will be among the Packers in attendance, even though training camp begins at 2:30 that afternoon.

Looking to the future, Harlan said the Packers have no plans to replace Hatley at the moment. For now, Sherman will pick up the slack. It will be Sherman's decision on whether Hatley's shoes should be filled, Harlan said.

For fans wishing to send flowers, call Floral Visions in Tulsa at 918-499-1500.

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