Tori Bowie, US Olympics gold medallist sprinter, was found dead at home in Florida, her agent Kimberly Holland told CNN on Wednesday. She was 32 years old.
USA Track and Field and Bowie’s management team confirmed the two-time world champion’s death.
“We’re devasted [sic] to share the very sad news that Tori Bowie has passed away,” Icon Management Inc. posted on Instagram. “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. As the story continues to develop, we ask that you please respect our privacy.”
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said that they were conducting a check at a home in Winter Garden on Tuesday afternoon after receiving reports that a woman “had not been seen or heard from in several days.” She was identified as Bowie.
However, police ruled out foul play. The cause of death has not been revealed yet.
Several on social media are speculating that Tori Bowie died by suicide.
“In the wake of the Suicide of Track Sprinter Tori Bowie PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get help with not only Suicide but with Mental Health cause I’m am someone who is deal with both as well,” a Twitter user said.
“Did a quick glance through track and field Twitter and it appears that Tori Bowie committed suicide,” a second one added.
“Waking up to news of Tori Bowie’s suicide is devastating. Gone too soon 😔🕊️,” a third one tweeted.
Bowie was from Sandhill, Mississippi. The 32-year-old won three medals at the Rio Olympics in 2016. She won gold in both 100 meters and the 4x100m at the 2017 world championships.
She last appeared in a competition in June 2022.