Olympic silver medallist Germaine Mason has died in a motorcycle crash in Jamaica.
The retired high-jump star, 34, had left a party shortly before the crash at 4.20am, according to Jamaican journalist Abka Fitz-Henley.
Germaine Mason, 34, Jamaican-born athlete and former national high jumper, died in a motorcycle crash this morning.
— Jamaica Constabulary (@JamaicaConstab) April 20, 2017
Jamaican newspaper The Gleaner says the incident occurred along the Palisadoes main road in Kingston.
The paper added Mason was heading to Kingston when he lost control of the motor bike, crashed, and died on the spot.
Jamaican star athlete Usain Bolt attended the scene shortly after, along with multiple international medallist Michael Frater and a number of other high-profile athletes.
Reports added he was the only person involved in the crash.
Jamaican prime minister, Andrew Holness, has offered his “sincere condolences to the entire sporting fraternity”.
Writing on Facebook, Birmingham-based athletics club Birchfield Harriers wrote: “We are sad to report on the tragic death of Germaine Mason, Beijing Silver medallist in the high jump, who was killed in a motorbike accident today.”
— Abka Fitz-Henley (@AbkaFitzHenley) April 20, 2017
More to follow.
Tributes for Mason
This is just awful. Such sad news. https://t.co/dBECw1WbtF
— Dame Jess Ennis-Hill (@J_Ennis) April 20, 2017
Our sincere condolences to the entire sporting fraternity.
— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) April 20, 2017
Can't believe the news I have just heard about germaine mason ????
— James Ellington (@Jellington100m) April 20, 2017
Heart goes out to friends and family of Germaine Mason on this sad day..
R I P Germaine . Never forgotten
— Linford Christie (@ChristieLinford) April 20, 2017
My condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Germaine Mason's family & friends. A tragic loss of such fun & loving person. ???????? #ingodshands
— Denise Lewis (@RealDeniseLewis) April 20, 2017
The passing of former Jamaica and Great Britain athlete @GermaineMasonHJ has really dampened my day. Woke up to the really sad news.
— Noel Francis (@nanthonyfrancis) April 20, 2017
Devastated to just learn of death of a good friend,Germaine Mason????????His vibrant&infectious personality will be sorely missed???? #RIPGermaine
— Jo Calvino (@JoCalvino) April 20, 2017