The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic medalist passed away at midnight on Monday in Texas, United States after a fatal car accident. Athletes and top sport leaders throughout the continent have shown their support and condolences after this unfortunate news.

The Pan American Family and the athletics community are in mourning once more after the death of another young athlete. A few months after the murder of Ecuadorian sprinter Alex Quiñonez, the Pan American Family woke up on Monday with more sad news that Deon Lendore had died following a car accident in the state of Texas in the United States.

Lendore was an outstanding athlete from Trinidad and Tobago. He represented his country in the Olympic Games of London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, as well as World Championships and Pan American Games.

Among his most important achievements in his successful career were his Olympic bronze medal in the 4x400m relay at London 2012 and his silver medal at the World Championships in Beijing in 2015.

The outstanding athlete from Trinidad also won three bronze medals at the World Indoor Championships and was a bronze medalist in the 4x400m relay at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.

Deon not only shined on the track, but also off it as he was characterized by his camaraderie and humility, becoming an example for adults and children in his country.

“Words cannot adequately express our sadness for the devastating and premature loss of Deon Lendore, who has been an inspiration and motivation to all of us, both on and off the track. He has flown the Trinidad and Tobago flag with pride, honor, patriotism and indomitable will throughout his career. We express our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, teammates and coaches. It is certainly a sad day for the Olympic Movement,” said Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee President, Brian Lewis.

“We are very sorry for this loss of a young and outstanding athlete like Deon Lendore. We not only lose a great athlete but also a tremendous person who has always represented an example for Trinidad and Tobago and the entire continent. Our condolences, to his family, his friends and to the entire Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee,” added Panam Sports President, Neven Ilic.

“[You are a] huge inspiration for a lot of the athletes you see today, always bringing fun and laughter to any environment a brother not related by blood, a mentor and guide if you ever need help, a leader and motivator in times of self-doubt and a friend that became family. Life is so so precious, it’s crazy, it will never be the same without you bro and you will truly be missed,” his friend Jereem Richards published on social media, expressing his sadness after losing a dear teammate who had been with him through thick and thin.