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Evan Tanner -- Cause of Death

9/9/2008 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We're now told the coroner now has a theory on why former UFC champ Evan Tanner died -- heat exposure.
Evan Tanner
As we first reported, he went missing late last week after taking a lone expedition in the desert. We reported Tanner text messaged a friend that he needed water. A search team found his body yesterday.

There's something weird about this case. Tanner blogged that going into the desert could be life-threatening and he needed the proper equipment. Water should be the first thing that comes to mind, yet he was almost immediately in need of H2O.

Nevertheless, 110+ degree heat is always dangerous. Sad story.

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