Three-time Olympic medalist Tory Boy, a Mississippi native who ran to the gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, has died, officials said Wednesday.
She was 32 years old.
Bowie’s death was announced by her management company and USA Track and Field. The cause of death was not shared.
We lost a client, a dear friend, our daughter and our sister. Icon Management said in a statement. “Tori was a hero…a beacon of light that shone so bright! We are truly saddened and our prayers are with the family, friends and everyone who loved her.”
Best known for her ability to anchor America’s 4×100 relay to the gold medal, she led a legendary ensemble of Tiana Bartoletta, Alison Felix and English Gardner in Brazil.
Bowie, who was born in Sand Hill, Mississippi, won the 100-meter silver and the 200-meter bronze at those 2016 Games.
Bowie went on to win 100m gold at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics in London.
She has always attributed her success to her loved ones in rural Mississippi, especially the grandmother who raised her.
“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 whole life. So I’m a little country girl, even at heart.”
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