Three-time world 110-meter hurdles champion and 1984 Olympic runner-up Greg Foster has died at age 64, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) athletic department announced on Monday.
The American legend had been battling amyloidosis, a rare disease in which a protein build up causes organ damage. The illness led to a 2020 heart transplant.
Foster died peacefully on Sunday, a statement from the school said.
After a collegiate career at UCLA in which he won national 110m hurdles crowns in 1978 and 1980 and a 200 title in 1979, Foster captured a total of 10 US national indoor and outdoor hurdles titles from 1981 through 1991.
Foster took 110 hurdles gold at the first three World Athletics Championships in 1983, 1987 and 1991 in addition to a 1984 Los Angeles Olympic silver medal in his specialty.
He also won the 110 hurdles at the inaugural Goodwill Games in Moscow in 1986 and took the 1991 world indoor 60m hurdles title.
“The track and field world mourns this hurdling legend,” tweeted four-time Olympic sprint medalist Ato Boldon of Trinidad and Tobago.
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