In 2009, Joey Sindelar had just finished the fourth tee at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship when the 51-year-old professional golfer became too short of breath and dizzy to continue. He was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism, according to Golf Digest. He took some time to recover and was prescribed the blood-thinning medication warfarin to keep clots at bay. Though doctors aren’t sure what caused his DVT and ensuing embolism, today he’s back in the game and has trimmed down to a healthier body weight.
Rapper Heavy D
At only 44 years old, rapper Dwight Errington Myers, better known as Heavy D in Heavy D & the Boyz, collapsed in his home and was pronounced dead. After his death, an autopsy revealed arteriosclerotic artery disease and a pulmonary embolism caused by deep vein thrombosis in his leg, reported CNN in 2011. The Jamaican-born American musician was very overweight, a known risk factor for deep vein thrombosis.