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It turns out that the cause of death for Cameron Burrell was suicide. Below his family released the following statement.
“On Monday evening, our family’s hearts were broken with the passing of our son, Cameron, who took his own life.
While much of the world knows Cameron from his accomplishments in competition, he was so much more as a son, a father, a brother and as a man. We love him, and we will miss him forever.
We may never know why Cameron made such a decision. We encourage anyone who may be struggling in their lives to reach out for help. You are not alone, and you are surrounded by more people who love and care for you than you may think in a dark moment.
If you or someone you know is struggling, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK
As our family navigates through this emotional time we will have no further comment and request privacy.”
Statement from Leroy Burrell and family.
The twenty-six-year-old was an NCAA champion and was the son of Leroy Burrell and Michelle Finn-Burrell both Olympic gold medallist. He is the godson of Carl Lewis. Burrell won the NCAA title in 2018 in the 100m sprint and anchored the 4 x 100m relay team for the University of Houston Cougars.
“My family is extremely saddened with the loss of our son, Cameron, last night,” announced Leroy Burrell through 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.”
Cameron Burrell’s personal best over 100m was 9.93 and 9.90 with an illegal tail wind (+4.45). He had run as fast as 20.75 in the 200m. He is a three-time NCAA champion.