American track star and three-time Olympic medalist Torey Boy has died, officials said Wednesday. She was 32 years old.
Icon Management, Inc. announced Inc., the agency that represented Bowie, initially reported the news in a tweet. Sporting officials have since acknowledged Bowie’s death as well.
“We are shocked to share the extremely sad news of Torey Boy’s death,” the agency said. “We have lost a client, a dear friend, a daughter and a sister. Tori was a hero…a beacon of light shining so bright! We are truly devastated and our prayers are with family and friends.”
Bowie was reportedly found Tuesday at her home in Florida, according to the Associated Press. Neither her management company nor the US team or the Olympics cited a cause of death in individual statements mourning the loss on Wednesday.
“We join our friends at USA Track & Field and across the Olympic community in mourning the passing of 3x Olympic medalist Tori Bowie,” Team USA wrote. Twitter. “She was a esteemed friend, teammate, and amazing representative for Team USA. We send our sincere condolences to everyone who knew and loved her.”
in statement Citing a tweet from Bowie’s management agency, the Olympics paid tribute to the decorated runner, who won three medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and became a two-time world champion, taking gold in both the 100-meter dash and relay at the 2017 World Championships in London.
Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, was “shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death of Olympic gold medalist Torey Bowie” He said In a statement responding to her death. “In this moment of grief, let me express my heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. The sporting world has lost a true hero.”
Born in Sand Hill, Mississippi, Bowie competed on her varsity track and field team at the University of Mississippi, becoming a two-time NCAA champion in the long jump event, before beginning her professional athletic career. She traveled to Rio as a member of Team USA for the 2016 Summer Olympics, winning silver in the 100-meter dash and bronze in the 200-meter dash, as well as gold alongside her teammates in the 100-meter relay.