Former Olympic and world champion sprinter Tori Bowie has died at the age of 32, her management company said Wednesday.
The three-time Olympic medalist and former 100-meter world champion was found dead at her home in Florida. A cause of death has not been released.
“We’re devastated to share the very sad news that Tori Bowie has passed away,” Icon Management said in a statement on Twitter. “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.”
A member of Team USA, Bowie won gold at the 2016 Olympics as a member of the 4×100-meter relay team. She also won silver in the 100 and bronze in the 200 at those Games. In 2017, she added another relay gold at the World Athletics Championships, and won individual gold in the 100.
“I had no idea. All I knew was I wanted to give it everything I’ve got,” Bowie said after her victory. “Am I really world champion?”
Three-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce called Bowie a “great competitor” in a tribute on Twitter.
“My heart breaks for the family of Tori Bowie,” she wrote. “A great competitor and source of light. Your energy and smile will always be with me. Rest in peace.”
Bowie grew up in Sandhill, Mississippi, and was raised by her grandmother. While she first wanted to be a basketball player, she excelled at track and later attended Southern Miss. While there, she swept the long jump NCAA championships at the indoor and outdoor events in 2011.