American track and field champion Tori Bowie dies at 32

 May 4, 2023

An American sprinter and three-time Olympic medalist, Tori Bowie, has died. She was just 32.

The track and field champion was found dead at her home in Florida. No cause of death was given but there were no signs of foul play.

Police say the Mississippi native was discovered during a welfare check after she had not been heard from for several days.

Champion sprinter dies

The tragic news was announced by her management company and USA Track and Field.

"USATF is deeply saddened by the passing of Tori Bowie, a three-time Olympic medalist and two-time world champion,” USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel said in a statement. “A talented athlete, her impact on the sport is immeasurable, and she will be greatly missed.”

Bowie won three Olympic medals at Rio De Janeiro in 2016. She won gold as the anchor leg for the 4x100-meter relay, silver for the 100-meter dash and bronze for the 200-meter dash.

She also won gold medals in the 100-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay at the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London. Before going pro, Bowie was an NCAA long jump champion at the University of Southern Mississippi.

The sad news of her death led to an outpouring of tributes from her athletic peers. American hurdler Lolo Jones said she was "gutted."

Cause of death unclear

Bowie's last competition on the world stage was at the Qatar World Championships in 2019.

The situation may be even more tragic than initially reported. The Daily Mail reported that Bowie may have been pregnant when she died.

Neighbors said they sometimes observed Bowie behaving erratically, and her sister suggested she had mental health struggles in a cryptic Facebook post about sad people who "pretend to be happy."

Born in Sand Hill, Mississippi, Bowie was abandoned by her mother as an infant and later adopted by her grandmother.

"To come from the situation she did, with a mama that didn’t do anything for her, she did really great," her uncle Timothy told The Daily Mail. 

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