Margo Dydek Passes Away at Age 37

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 coach, told The Associated Press that Dydek, 37, died early Friday.

The Poland-born Dydek suffered the heart attack on May 19 and collapsed at her home in Brisbane.

Dydek, who was pregnant with her third child, was the No. 1 pick in the 1998 WNBA draft by the Utah Starzz. She also played for San Antonio, Connecticut and Los Angeles. She is the all-time WNBA leader in total blocks (877) and blocks per game (2.72) and seventh all-time with 2,143 total rebounds.

The 7-foot-2 Dydek once was said to be the tallest professional female basketball player in the world.

Roberts said there was no other information available immediately on Dydek's death and that she was awaiting a statement from the family.