Cameron Burrell, an NCAA champion and University of Houston track star, has tragically passed away at age 26. Burrell’s family confirmed the news in a statement through the University of Houston.
“My family is extremely saddened with the loss of our son, Cameron, last night,” his father, Leroy Burrell, said, via TMZ Sports.
“We are going through profound sorrow and ask that all of our friends, extended University of Houston family and the track and field community in the U.S. and abroad allow us to gather with our closest family and friends.”
Burrell was the 2018 champion in the 100m and ran the anchor leg for Houston’s 4×100 relay team.
“We are profoundly grief-stricken, and thank everyone for the outpouring of prayers and support. We will forward more information when it is available,” the statement continued.
His father Leroy Burrell is a former world record holder in the 100m and won a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Burrell’s godfather, meanwhile, is track and field legend Carl Lewis.
No cause of death has been confirmed or reported at this time.
Our deepest condolences go out to Burrell’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult and tragic time.