Coach Ed Hart loses battle with dilated cardiomyopathy, leaves behind a legacy

Ed Hart
Coach Ed Hart dies after heart failure


Ed Hart, the president of the Central Athletic Booster Club for 14 years, has passed away. Let’s see how did the Coach die and his cause of death in detail.

How did Ed Hart die?

Ed Hart, the softball coach at North County High has passed away. This sad news was announced by his family members on social media posts.

Heal Coach Hart’s page confirmed his passing by releasing the following statement.

“It is with a heavy heart that on day 191 we lost our hero. Ed passed away this evening at 4:49 pm surrounded by his biggest fans. Our hearts are broken. We will update on arrangements in the coming days. Please keep our family in your prayers. #healcoachhart”

Who was Ed Hart?

Ed was a famous softball coach at North County High School. Apart from coach, he was a beloved husband, father, friend and many more. He co-owns Liberty Street Cages in Farmington with his 50-year-old wife Dena, as well as Hart of the Wash Cleaning Supplies in Park Hills.

Dena represents Central R-3 School Board, the school where she and Ed were educated. Their daughter Madelyne, 24, and son Sam, 20, both earned degrees from Central.

For 14 years, Ed served as the Central Athletic Booster Club’s president. Madelynne, the daughter of Ed and Dena, is employed by the North County School District, where she and her father both coach softball.

Their son Sam works as an ironworker at Brockmiller Construction in local 396. Kaelin Hedgcorth, Sam’s fiancé, is presently pursuing a career as a chiropractor.

What happened to Ed Hart?

Ed was diagnosed with the dilated cardiomyopathy. The Mayo Clinic website states that dilated cardiomyopathy enlarges the heart’s chambers and, if left untreated, can result in heart failure.

Dena said that Ed continued to see a cardiologist despite having a defibrillator pacemaker implanted in 2011. He was referred to Barnes’ heart failure team in 2019, which focuses on extreme heart treatments like heart transplants.

“We have been here ever since,” said Dena, referring to the day on October 21 when Ed was brought to the Barnes emergency department due to worsening heart failure symptoms.

He received his official listing as a candidate for a heart transplant on November 7, following the conclusion of all testing.

One month into their stay at Barnes, Dena posted the following update on their Facebook page, “Heal Coach Hart”: “I pretty much sleep and work from the waiting room at the hospital.”

“The LVAD will keep Ed’s heart going until he can get back on the (transplant) list. This will give him an opportunity to optimize his physical health to better prepare his body for a heart transplant,” she stated.

In February, he got pneumonia and they asked for prayers. He continued his treatment and improved gradually.

But in April, he got pneumonia again and had a severe blood infection. Five days ago, the page updated about his health update, saying that he was battling the serious blood infection.

He has been very lethargic and riddled with anxiety. He continues to be on very strong IV antibiotics, and has not been resting well. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.

Ed Hart cause of death:

Ed passed away on May 1, 2023, after a long battle with heart disease. He was first diagnosed with the dilated cardiomyopathy. And soon after, he had a heart failure and encountered numerous other health problems.

His students, family members and friends supported him throughout his battle. Unfortunately, he passed away today.

Condolences flooded social media after the demise news of Ed Hart broke out.

Tributes to Ed Hart:

Alyssa Sago posted,

So sorry for your loss!! Ed was a great man who was loved by all!! Sending you all big prayers!

Deanna Gilliam posted,

This is such heartbreaking news. He fought so hard. My family has been praying for your family and we will continue to lift you up in prayer in the days, weeks and months ahead. Love to you!

Sonya Bahr commented,

I’m sure Heaven is an even happier place now. Ed’s probably already being his ornery happy funny self.

Kaila Nash posted,

Thinking of you all. I can’t even begin to imagine. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to share the field and so many interactions with Ed. He truly was a good man. Love you all.

Roger White commented,

Heart just sank, a great coach and competitor. He will be missed very much. I’ll see you again on the big field and look forward to sitting on a bucket up there. Talking about all the great games and players we have seen. Prayers for his Mady,Sam and Dena.


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