Former Olympic sprint champion Tori Bowie dies at age 32

FACE2FACE AFRICA May 04, 2023
Bowie was found at her home in Orlando, Florida, after the local sheriff's department said they went "for a well-being check of a woman in her 30s who had not been seen or heard from in several days." Photo credit: Fernando Frazão/ Agência Brasil via Wikimedia Commons

American sprinter and long jumper, Tori Bowie, has died at the young age of 32. Bowie was a three-time Olympic medalist and two-time world champion in track and field.

She was found at her home in Orlando, Florida, after the local sheriff’s department said they went “for a well-being check of a woman in her 30s who had not been seen or heard from in several days.” The department also said her death will not be treated as “suspicious.”

After deputies entered her home, they discovered and identified Bowie, full name – Frentorish ‘Tori’ Bowie, who was reportedly “found dead” at the residence, per the department’s statement.

According to the department, there were “no signs of foul play.” Any additional information on her cause of death will “need to come from” the medical examiner’s office.

Bowie’s death was confirmed through a social media statement from her management company on Wednesday morning.

Former Olympic sprint champion Tori Bowie dies at age 32
Photo credit: Bob Ramsak

“We’re devastated to share the very sad news that Tori Bowie has passed away,” the company, Icon Management, tweeted. “We’ve lost a client, dear friend, daughter, and sister. Tori was a champion…a beacon of light that shines so bright! We’re truly heartbroken and our prayers are with the family and friends.”

Three-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce shared her thoughts on Twitter saying “My heart breaks for the family of Tori Bowie. A great competitor and source of light. Your energy and smile will always be with me. Rest in peace.”

In a statement to CNN, World Athletics (WA) said: [Bowie] was a rare athletic talent who represented the United States in both sprints and jumps during her decorated career.

Bowie was born and raised in Mississippi, and played basketball as a girl before her talent on the track was discovered.

Last Edited by:Annie-Flora Mills Updated: May 4, 2023

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