Mississippi Olympic gold medalist Tori Bowie has passed away at age 32.
The Sandhill native’s management agency took to social media to announce the death of the former Olympic sprinter.
“We’re devasted 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, friends, and everyone that loved her,” Icon Management stated.
Bowie grew up in Rankin County and graduated from Pisgah High School before attending Southern Miss from 2008-2012. While a Golden Eagle, Bowie earned All-American titles in sprinting on three separate occasions.
After college, the Mississippi native took her talents to the largest global stage and won three medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, including gold in the 4x100m relay, silver in the 100 meters, and bronze in the 200 meters.
“USATF is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Tori Bowie, a three-time Olympic medalist and two-time world champion. Her impact on the sport is immeasurable, and she will be greatly missed,” The United States Track and Field team stated on social media.
The cause of Bowie’s death is unknown at this time and her management agency is asking people to respect the family’s privacy at this time.