Tori Bowie, a three-time Olympic medalist, has passed away, reports Yahoo Sports. She was 32.
Icon Management Inc., her management company, and the USA Track and Field both confirmed her passing.
“We’ve lost a client, dear friend, daughter, and sister," Icon Management Inc.'s statement read. "Tori was a champion … a beacon of light that shined so bright! We’re truly heartbroken and our prayers are with the family, friends, and everyone that loved her.”
“USATF is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Tori Bowie, a three-time Olympic medalist and two-time world champion,” USA Track and Field said in a statement. "Her impact on the sport is immeasurable, and she will be greatly missed.”
No cause of death was disclosed.
Bowie was born in Sand Hill, Mississippi, where she became a phenom in track, winning two state high school championships in the 100-meter dash, and the 200-meter dash. She also won three state titles in the 4×100 relay.
At the University of Southern Mississippi, Bowie was a standout long jumper, winning an NCAA championship in 2011 in both outdoor and indoor competitions.
In 2016, she made her Olympic debut at the Rio Games, where she won a silver medal in the 100-meter and a bronze in the 200-meter dash. Bowie also won a gold medal as the anchor leg in the 4x100-meter relay, which featured a legendary team that included Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, and English Gardner.
At the World Championships in London in 2017, she won the gold in the 4x100-meter relay and the 100-meter dash.
Last June, Bowie competed for the final time coming in fourth place in the long jump at the World Championships in Doha.
Bowie said she owed her success to her grandmother and family who raised her in rural Mississippi.
"Sand Hill doesn't have any stop lights, not even one," she said in a 2016 interview. "I mean that's all I've known my entire life. So I'm a small-country-town girl, even at heart."
Lola Jones paid tribute to Bowie on Twitter saying she was “too young” to pass away.
“Gutted to hear about Tori Bowie. Incredible talent. A beautiful runner,” Jones’ tweet read. "I pray for the comfort of her family, thank you for blessing us with her. The running community mourns an incredible loss.”
We at EBONY extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Tori Bowie.