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US Track Athlete Found Dead in Swimming Pool

US Track Athlete Found Dead in Swimming Pool

Torrence was born in Japan but raised in California and ran track at Cal-Berkeley.

Scottsdale police said the 31-year-old's body was discovered at the bottom of a pool at a condominium complex around 7:30am local time on Monday. Torrence was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials do not believe any foul play was involved in Torrence's death, but a medical examiner is still working to determine the cause of death.

After news of his death spread, there has been an outpour of love for Torrence from the running community.

'The track world lost a great friend and athlete today, ' USA Track & Field tweeted. "He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family and friends during this hard time".

Other tributes have been posted by former U.S. team-mates Paul Chelimo, Gabriele Grunewald and Leo Manzano, while track and field fans have expressed their feelings on social media and message boards.

The organisers of next week's Hoka One One Long Island Mile, a race Torrence won in 2015 and 2016, have said they will rename it in his honour.

Torrence was from California and had come to Scottsdale to train a few weeks ago.

A hugely popular and versatile runner, Torrence also won silver medals in a US vest at the 2014 World Relay Championships and 2015 Pan American Games. Torrence won second place at the World Relay Championships in 2014.

During Torrence's lifetime he accomplished a long list of achievements, including setting an American record in the indoor 1,000 meters, which still stands, and as a previous Nike athlete, he won numerous USA titles on the track and road. The young man always spoke his mind and strongly rejected taking vitamin injections, LetsRun noted.

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