Late track star Cameron Burrell, who was the godson of legendary sprinter Carl Lewis, died by suicide, according to a new report.
The 26-year-old reportedly died in a Houston, TX, parking garage on Monday, August 9. Burrell's family and alma mater, the University of Houston, announced the tragic news while expressing their devastation.
"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," Burrell's dad, Leroy Burrell, shared on Tuesday, August 10.
The mourning father said they "are profoundly grief-stricken" before thanking "everyone for the outpouring of prayers and support. We will forward more information when it is available.”
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Burrell was reportedly deemed one of the best sprinters on the planet, as he won the 100-meter championship in 2018 while at the University of Houston. The pro sprinter also anchored Houston's 4x100-meter relay team in addition to being a three-time NCAA All-American in multiple events.
The University has since shared a post to Twitter following the tragic news. "We are devastated by the unexpected passing of alumnus Cameron Burrell," the statement read. "We offer our sincerest condolences and support to the Burrell family and all who knew him, including Cameron’s many friends, coaches and teammates."
In addition, Burrell's fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, posted a touching message, writing: "Bro. Cameron Burrell ('18 ΝΦ) will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers as they navigate through this tough time."
Burrell comes from a long line of successful athletes, as both his mom, Michelle Finn-Burrell, and dad won Olympic gold medals.
Burrell is survived by his parents, and brothers Joshua and Jaden.