Sports stars who died too young

Three-time Olympic sprinter Deon Lendore dies in car accident at 29

Stars Insider

12/01/22 | StarsInsider


The life of an athlete can be fast and furious. They typically start young and quickly prove themselves at a national, and even international, level. While sometimes this leads to fame and an impressive career, unfortunately not all athletes make it that far.

Three-time Olympian Deon Lendore has died in the US at the age of 29, Reuters reports. The Trinidadian sprinter, who specialized in the 400m and competed at the Olympic Games in London, Rio de Janeiro, and Tokyo, was involved in a car crash in Texas on January 10. He was reportedly working as a volunteer coach at Texas A&M University. 

"Deon has flown the Trinidad and Tobago flag with pride, honour, patriotism and an indomitable will throughout his career while helping and inspiring many," the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee said in a statement.

Unfortunately, many athletes who have shown immense dedication to their sport have had their careers fatefully cut short. Click through this gallery to discover other sports stars who died too young.


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