David Torrence, the American middle-distance runner, dies at the age of thirty-one. The Olympic 5,000m runner has been found dead in a swimming pool in Scottsdale, Arizona on August 28, 2017.
According to police, the cause of death of Torrence isn’t suspicious. He came to Scottsdale to train a few weeks ago and was spotted dead by condominium staff members at about 7:30 a.m. on Monday.
Talking about the incident, Sergeant Ben Hoster of the Scottsdale police department said-
“Firefighters removed the male subject from the pool and he was pronounced deceased.”
The police statement continued-
“Detectives learned that there were no obvious signs of foul play.”
The unanticipated death of Torrence has shocked many people. Ricky Soos, who has spent much of his time helping and training David Torrence, said-
"He felt like if he ran well for Peru, it could inspire more in the sport than in America. He could impact track and field and a lot of young people's lives. He had a lot of plans to do as much as he could for the sport."
"Being so young and so fit and healthy, it's just a complete shock. He'll be missed in the sport. He was an incredibly positive and vibrant person who always looked for the best in people and was always willing to help other people."
Nate Brannen, a Canadian track and field Olympian was shocked to hear the news as well.
"In complete shock to hear of the passing of David Torrence. Great guy and friend. He will be deeply missed."
Moreover, American runner Leo Manzano said-
"It saddens me to hear about my former team-mate David Torrence. My heart goes out to him and his family."
The two-time Olympic medalist in the 1500m, Nick Willis also took Twitter to express grief after the loss of Torrence.
No one was more dedicated to their running than @David_Torrence. He got 100% out of himself every day. So so sad to hear of his passing.— Nick Willis (@nickwillis) August 29, 2017
Likewise, many tributes for David Torrence followed on Twitter.
Reading these tributes to @David_Torrence confirms that the impression he left on me is a consistent one: an immediate and easy comraderie.— Anthony Romaniw (@anthonyromaniw) August 29, 2017
Late, David Torrence began his career competing for the US first and broke the four-minute mile barrier in 2008. He held the national record for the indoor 1,000m in 2014. He also represented Peru, his mother’s home nation at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where he finished15th
According to late David’s wiki, he was born in Okinawa, Japan on November 26, 1985, but his family later moved to California. In a grisly coincidence, David’s father, Scott Allen Torrence also died of a brain aneurysm at the age of thirty-one. Late David was six years old at the time.#Olympic Athlete