R.I.P: Germain Mason
JAMAICAN-BORN Olympic silver medalist Germaine Mason has been killed in a motorbike accident as he rode in a convoy with Usain Bolt in Jamaica.
Mason, who won silver at the Beijing Games in 2008, died in a crash as he rode home from a party with friends in Kingston, Jamaica this morning (April 20).
The 34-year-old high jumper died at the scene after losing control of his bike amid claims he swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle.
Upon news of his death, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted: “Our sincere condolences to sporting fraternity.”
Linford Christie tweeted: "Heart goes out to friends and family of Germaine Mason on this sad day.. R I P Germaine . Never forgotten."
Mason grew up in Jamaica but switched to Team GB in 2006 ahead of the Olympics in China two years later. He is also the holder of the Jamaican national record in the high-jump, set before he emigrated to the UK.