Team GB Olympic athlete dead: Germaine Mason, Jamaican-born high jump silver medallist, dies in motorcycle accident aged 34 during ride with Usain Bolt
The 34-year-old Jamaican-born athlete, who switched to represent Great Britain in 2006, won silver at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Mason – who is father to a five-year-old son – was riding back on a motorcycle as he headed home from a night with pals in Kingston, Jamaica.
He is claimed to have lost control of his motorbike and crashed, dying instantly at 4:20am, according to reports.
He had apparently been on a night out with triple world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt. Mason is said to have been riding with a convoy of motorbikes with Bolt at the time of the crash.
"Germaine Mason, 34, Jamaican-born athlete and former national high jumper, died in a motorcycle crash this morning," the Jamaica Constabulary wrote on Twitter.
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted following his death: "Our sincere condolences to sporting fraternity."
Mason won a silver medal in the Beijing Games, finishing second behind Russian athlete Andrey Silnov.
Previously, Jamaican Usain Bolt spoke about Mason running for Team GB, and had nothing but kind words to say about his good friend.
"We’ve been friends since 2002 and I’m very happy for him," he said at the time.
"To me, it doesn’t really matter who he runs for. We’ve been friends since way back."
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