Cause of Death: Collapsed while working out – passed out while exercising
In a lawsuit filed April 16, Daniel’s mother, Audrey Ruf, said the temperature when Daniel was working out July 15 was about 100 degrees. The paperwork also states that the recruiters Daniel worked out with instructed him to wear a full-body “plastic suit” over his clothing and to exercise “vigorously.” The lawsuit points out that the workout took place at a private gym, not on military property.
After a week in a coma, a Tracy man who was trying to make weight to join the U.S. Marines died Tuesday night from liver failure in a San Francisco hospital.
U.S. Marine Corps recruiters told Danny Ruf, 22, to drop 12 pounds to start basic training, according to Tim Durbin, a family friend. Ruf, who weighed about 184 pounds, was being treated at San Francisco’s Pacific Medical Center for possible kidney and liver failure after a workout with two recruiters.