Olympic champion Tori Bowie, winner of three Olympic medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, has died. She was 32.
Bowie’s management company and USA Track & Field announced her death via Twitter:
“We’re devasted to share the very sad news that Tori Bowie has passed away. We’ve lost a client, dear friend, daughter and sister. Tori was a champion … a beacon of light that shined so bright! We’re truly heartbroken and our prayers are with the family and friends.”
No details on her death are available at this time, though police report “there were no signs of foul play.”
USA Track & Field CEO Max Siegel posted a statement commending the champion:
“USATF is deeply saddened by the passing of Tori Bowie, a three-time Olympic medalist and two-time world champion. A talented athlete, her impact on the sport is immeasurable, and she will be greatly missed.”
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida, reported that deputies responded to a “well-being check” on Tuesday afternoon. The “check” was requested after Bowie “had not been seen or heard from in several days.”
The sheriff’s report noted a woman was found “dead in the home.” The woman is “tentatively identified as Frentorish ‘Tori’ Bowie (DOB: 8/27/1990).”
Bowie was a standout NCAA champion athlete at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her skill on indoor and outdoor tracks made her an elite competitor in the long jump, 4 x 100m relay and 100- and 200-meter races.
She won three gold medals in the 2016 Olympic Games and won the 100m race at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.
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