Texas authorities have confirmed the death of Deon Lendore, an Olympic bronze medal-winning sprinter from Trinidad and Tobago, in a tragic car crash.
The 29-year-old was on his way home from Monday practice when he collided head-on with an SUV. He died at the scene.
“I can’t even express this loss,” A&M boss Pat Henry said. “Over the years, our relationship had changed to not only one of my athletes to coach, but he was loved by my wife, children, and grandchildren. He was part of my family. It hurts, it really hurts.”
The late track star was also mourned by the World Athletics and the Texas A&M track team where he was volunteering as an assistant. The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee described Lendore as an “inspiration.”
“He epitomized hope and joy each time his feet landed on the track. He was indeed a trailblazer, a life gone too soon. We thank him for everything he has done and for giving distinguished and diligent service to TT.”