Olympic medal-winning track & field athlete Germaine Mason died Thursday morning after his motorcycle crashed in his native country Jamaica.
According to the U.K.’s Guardian, Mason was riding in front of a convoy with a number of athletes, including Usain Bolt, when he crashed his bike attempting to avoid colliding with a vehicle that had lost control on the other side. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mason was born in Jamaica but represented Britain in the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing. He won a silver medal in the high jump.
The Jamaica Constabulary released a brief statement via Twitter shortly after his death was confirmed: “Germaine Mason, 34, Jamaican-born athlete and former national high jumper, died in a motorcycle crash this morning.”
Germaine Mason, 34, Jamaican-born athlete and former national high jumper, died in a motorcycle crash this morning.
— Jamaica Constabulary (@JamaicaConstab) April 20, 2017