30 August, 2017
In tragic news coming out of Arizona this week, Olympic runner David Torrence was found dead in an apartment complex swimming pool in Scottsdale in the early hours of Monday morning. He was 31 years old.
While the death is under investigation, reports state Scottsdale police do not believe foul play was involved. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police continue to investigate Torrence's death, the cause of which will be determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office.
Growing up in Los Angeles, Torrence graduated from Loyola High School and the University of California-Berkeley before embarking on a pro running career, where he was a mainstay on the track circuit and road mile circuit. He was sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE.
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On the track, he was the 2009 US indoor champion in the 3,000-meter, and later went on to a record-breaking 2014 season. He had recently come to Arizona on a training trip.
In June, according to the Malibu Times, Torrence set a Peru record in the mile run - three minutes and 53.21 seconds - and the 1,500-meter race - three minutes and 34.67 seconds. Many took to Twitter to tell stories and share their grief of his passing.
Our condolences go out to Torrence's friends, family and teammates. He was also the defending champion, and Merber tweeted that the race will will be renamed in his friend's honor.