Pole vaulter Shawn Barber, a former Olympian and Canadian pole vault record holder, has passed away from medical complications.

Barber, 29, was a three-time NCAA champion and 2015 world champion.

Barber’s cause of death hasn’t been disclosed.

He reportedly was experiencing health issues.

TMZ reports:

Barber, while at the University of Akron, won back-to-back NCAA indoor championships in 2014 and 2015, and the 2015 outdoor championship. Shawn also placed first in the 2015 World Championships in Beijing and the Pan American Games that same year.

He also set the Canadian indoor record with a vault of 6 meters in 2016 … a record that still stands ’til this day.

Barber also in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro … where he placed 10th in subpar weather conditions.


From the Associated Press:

Barber died Wednesday at home in Kingwood, Texas, his agent, Paul Doyle, confirmed to The Associated Press. A cause of death was not yet known. Barber had been experiencing health issues.

“More than just an incredible athlete, Shawn was such a good-hearted person that always put others ahead of himself,” Doyle said Thursday. “It’s tragic to lose such a good person at such a young age.”

The sports world mourned the sudden passing of several other individuals this week.

Golden State Warriors assistant coach Dejan Milojevic passed away following a heart attack he suffered during a team dinner Tuesday night in Salt Lake City.

Milojevic, 46, was hospitalized Tuesday night and died Wednesday morning.

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Ronald Powell, a former New Orleans Saints linebacker, died at 32.

Powell was the top-ranked recruit in his 2010 class.


His cause of death wasn’t disclosed.

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Mike Dickson, a legendary tennis correspondent, reportedly collapsed and died at the Australian Open.

Dickson, 59, passed away on Wednesday.

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