Former high jumper won silver at the 2008 Beijing Games but passed away when colliding with an oncoming vehicle
LOUIS SMITH has led the tributes to Germaine Mason after the British Olympic silver medallist tragically died in a motorbike accident this morning.
The 34-year-old high jump hero landed his prize at the 2008 Beijing Games and fellow athletes have been saying their farewells after he crashed while riding in a convoy with Usain Bolt in Jamaica.
The pair had been on a night out with sprinter Michael Frater and it’s believed Mason lost control of his bike before colliding with an oncoming vehicle.
Taking to Twitter, Smith wrote: “So sad to hear of the passing of my pal @GermaineMasonHJ…”
Anyika Onuora said: “Saddened by the news of Germaine Mason. May he Rest In Peace.”
Donna Fraser tweeted: “So sad to hear the awful news about @GermaineMasonHJ. Amazing talent with a great personality. My thoughts go out to his family. RIP Germaine.”
Alfonz Juck said: “Sad to hear about @GermaineMasonHJ tragic accident. RIP. He competed at my meets @ZlataTretra and Dubnica (230 in 2008).
Andy Robert wrote: “Very sad news about “GermaineMasonHJ RIP.”
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Jo Calvino tweeted: “Devastated to just learn of death of a good friend, Germaine Mason. His vibrant & infectious personality will be sorely missed.”
Abdul Buhari said: “Still in shock, RIP Germaine Mason.”
British Athletics added: “We are deeply saddened to hear that 2008 Olympic silver medallist Germaine Mason has passed away. Rest in peace.”