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Matt Keough’s Cause Of Death Revealed By RHOC’s Jeana Keough!

Jeana Keough is opening up about the cause of Matt Keough’s sudden death. “He had a pulmonary embolism,” The Real Housewives of Orange County alum told HollywoodLife on May 8, six days after her ex-husband passed away. Jeana added that the blood clot was in Matt’s lungs, but the health condition was blindsiding to the former Oakland Athletics player’s family.

“He wasn’t sick,” Jeana revealed. “He was used to riding his bike 30 miles a day or 20 miles a day so probably the inactivity,” Jeana shared, although she couldn’t confirm what exactly caused the pulmonary embolism. 

As for how a blood clot blocked Matt’s pulmonary artery in his lungs (the cause of a pulmonary embolism), that remains a mystery to Jeana. “So young and pretty reasonably healthy. That’s a guy who never ate sugar and ate really healthy,” she said, adding that there was “no family history” of the condition.

During the late athlete's final moments, he was simply eating lunch with his girlfriend, Claudia, in his living room. “He was watching the races. His favorite thing to do every day, he would watch the races,” Jeana told HollywoodLife. “It’s his father [MLB star Marty Keough], something he and his father did…[when] Matt was little they would go to the horse races. So wherever we would travel, they didn’t have horse races, we would find dog races. He loved watching competitions.”

Matt’s girlfriend had left the living room “for a few minutes” and when Claudia returned, “she thought he might be sleeping and then she realized he wasn’t,” Jeana recalled.

For now, Matt’s family is holding off on a funeral. “With Matt, we’re waiting. You know, he had to do autopsies and we have sent his brain off to be studied. So we wouldn’t have done a funeral for a few weeks anyway,” she explained. “We’re waiting closer to maybe a week before baseball starts so just baseball friends can be there. I was never a big fan of funerals anyway.”

Matt’s death comes nearly a month after Kara and her husband Kyle Bosworth‘s newborn son died on after experiencing “shoulder dystocia and a compressed umbilical cord.”

“He joined our Heavenly Father and will live forever in the hearts of his loving parents, his adoring sister, and those that received his life-saving gifts,” she wrote via Instagram at the time. “May his legacy shine in the form of lifetimes aplenty — lives filled with laughter, compassion, energy, love, and most of all gratitude. May it be said that McCoy Casey Bosworth left this world in a better place, for a better place …. that he made an impact … that he was an answered prayer … that he was a hero.”

Keough reflected on the loss of her baby on April 27 in an emotional Instagram post, which featured a photo of the couple holding onto their newborn shortly after his birth.

“You would have been 3 weeks old today,” she wrote. “You would be ‘waking up’ and showing us more of you. I would be getting the hang of being a mom of two. My milk would be regulating to your schedule. Your sister would be asking questions about your belly button and you would have peed on her at least once by now.”

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