BRISBANE, Australia — Former WNBA player Margo Dydek has died after suffering a heart attack a week ago and being placed in a medically induced coma. Cathy Roberts, the operations manager for the Northside Wizards in the Queensland Basketball League, where Dydek was head coach, confirmed her death to The Associated Press. Roberts said that Dydek was at an early stage in her pregnancy and that her unborn child had also died.
Dydek was the No. 1 pick in the 1998 WNBA draft by the Utah Starzz. She also played for San Antonio, Connecticut and Los Angeles. The 7-foot-2 Dydek was once said to be the tallest active professional female basketball player in the world.
She held the record for most blocks in a WNBA career, with 877 in 323 games, and led the league in blocks nine times, from 1998 to 2003 and again from 2005-07.
She is survived by her husband, David, and two sons, David, 3, and Alex, seven months.