Tori Bowie dead at 32: US track and field star who won gold at Rio Olympics dies as tributes pour in for ‘dear friend’

OLYMPIC gold medallist Tori Bowie has died at the age of 32.

The US track and field star won gold at Rio 2016.

US track and field star Tori Bowie has died aged 32Credit: Getty
Bowie won Olympic gold at Rio 2016Credit: Getty

Icon Management Inc wrote in an official statement: “We’re devastated 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.”

Bowie won three medals at the Rio Olympics in 2016 – including gold in the 4x100m relay.


She also collected a silver in the 100m and bronze in the 200m.

Bowie then excelled at the World Championships in London the following year, collecting golds in the 4x100m relay and 100m sprint.

Upon learning the devastating news, American world champion Noah Lyles wrote: “I can’t believe this.

“I had just heard word of her going to be with her sister back home and now this.

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“This breaks my heart to hear and I will keep the family in my prayers.”

Kenyan javelin superstar Julius Yego tweeted: “So devastating and shocking to learn of the passing on of Tori Bowie.

“The world of athletics have lost a great champion and patriot of the sport, rest in peace Tori.

“Condolences to the greater family of Tori Bowie, together in prayers.”

Plenty of fans also paid tribute to Bowie, with one writing on social media: “Such tragic news; a stark reminder of just how fragile life is. I’ll never forget Tori’s performance in London 6 years ago.”

And a second wrote: “Prayers and condolences to her family.”

While a third added: “Unbelievable! Tori was a great person with a wonderful soul. RIP.”

From left Aaliyah Brown, Allyson Felix, Tori Bowie and Morolake Akinosun celebrate winning gold in the 4x100m at the 2017 World Athletics Championships in LondonCredit: AP
Tor Bowie comes second behind Elaine Thompson of Jamaica at the Rio GamesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Tori Bowie celebrates silver in the Women’s 100m Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic GamesCredit: AFP

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