Olympic runner David Torrence was found dead in an Arizona swimming pool on August 28.
Today we lost an amazing athlete and an even greater friend pic.twitter.com/TDrD0mLkUn
— Kyle Merber (@TheRealMerb) August 29, 2017
Torrence, who was 31, originally trained with the U.S. Olympic team but switched to Peru for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games (his mother is from Peru). Torrence was found at the bottom of a pool at an apartment complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. Torrence, who had a home in Malibu, left California to train in Arizona, according to AZCentral. In July, Malibu Times reported that Torrence had set national records in running for Peru with a mile time of 3 minutes, 53.21 seconds at the Adrian Martinez Classic, a Massachusetts-based competition.
The news of Torrence’s unexpected death has sent shock waves through the running community.
David you were a light that touched everyone you knew. Today, doesn't seem real. One minute you are cracking jokes and smiling and suddenly you're gone. Thank you for being a good friend! In this photo I am happy, even though saying good bye to old friends is hard, I choose to embrace the beauty of life… R.I.P. David, Thank you for the memories. PC: @the_real_xc
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It saddens to to hear about my former teammate David Torrence. My heart goes out to him and his family. https://t.co/plkzGPt28d
— Leo Manzano (@Leomanzano) August 29, 2017
It’s clear from the messages that he was beloved among runners around the world.
I am absolutely broken hearing about @David_Torrence. One of the best humans I've ever met, I will miss him deeply.
— gabriele grunewald (@gg_runs) August 29, 2017
Torrence’s death is still under investigation.