Cameron Burrell, a track star and the godson of legendary sprinter Carl Lewis, has passed away, his family confirmed on Tuesday (Aug. 10). He was 26 years old.
“My family is extremely saddened with the loss of our son, Cameron, last night (Aug. 9),” Cameron’s father, Olympic gold medalist Leroy Burrell, announced via the University of Houston. “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.”
“We are profoundly grief-stricken and thank everyone for the outpouring of prayers and support,” he continued. “We will forward more information when it is available.”
Online, the University of Houston Twitter account added, “We are devastated by the unexpected passing of alumnus Cameron Burrell. We offer our sincerest condolences and support to the Burrell family and all who knew him, including Cameron’s many friends, coaches and teammates.”
Cameron won the NCAA individual championship in 2018 and held an NCAA record in the 4x100m relay. The prolific athlete was a star of the University of Houston’s track and field program, which his father currently leads as head coach. Cameron’s mother, Michelle Finn-Burrell, is also an Olympic track gold medalist and his aunt is a former Olympian as well.
Cameron’s official cause of death has not been confirmed, but TMZ reports that medical records show his place of death was in a “parking garage.”
“Cameron grew up around the Houston Athletics Department, worked hard and developed himself into one of our greatest track and field stars,” University of Houston’s Vice President of Athletics Chris Pezman said in a statement. “To lose him so suddenly is tragic. We ask all University of Houston and track and field fans to keep Coach Burrell and his family in their thoughts and prayers.”
Cameron is survived by his parents and two brothers. See the University of Houston’s tweet about the sad news below.