Woke up from a nap only to hear David Torrence is dead.
Torrence was found dead in the swimming pool at a Scottsdale condominium on Monday. "He set the South American country's record in the mile run on June 1, 2017, when he won the event at the Massachusetts-based Adrian Martinez Classic in 3 minutes, 53.21 seconds". A cause of death has not been reported; his death is under investigation.
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.
After news of Torrence's tragically premature death came to light, the athletics world paid tribute.
Torrence was born in Okinawa, Japan, and was raised in the United States.
Before petitioning to compete for Peru, Torrence had run for the U.S. in worldwide competitions, winning a silver medal in the 5000m at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
USA Track & Field tweeted, "Devastating news".
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. The young man always spoke his mind and strongly rejected taking vitamin injections, LetsRun noted.
Fellow HOKA athlete Kyle Merber announced they would name the Long Island Mile race he organizes every year after Torrence.
A strong advocate of clean sport, Torrence left the training camp of controversial coach Jama Aden when the Somalian offered him vitamin injections.