An autopsy determined today that the death of professional volleyball player and Olympian Michael Whitmarsh in Solana Beach was a suicide.
The 46-year-old San Diego resident was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning from car exhaust in the garage of a friend's Shoemaker Lane home about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to the county Medical Examiner's Office.
The 6-foot-7-inch Whitmarsh also played basketball for the University of San Diego and led the team to the NCAA tournament in 1984. As a volleyball player, he won 29 titles and more than $1.5 million.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy, and two daughters.