Former NCAA sprint champ Cameron Burrell dies at age 26

HOUSTON -- Former NCAA national champion sprinter Cameron Burrell has died. He was 26.

His father, University of Houston track coach Leroy Burrell, said his son, who starred for the Cougars from 2013-2018, took his own life.

"While much of the world knows Cameron from his accomplishments in competition, he was so much more as a son, a father, a brother and as a man," Leroy Burrell, a former Olympic gold-medal sprinter, said in a statement Friday. "We love him, and we will miss him forever."

The University of Houston said Cameron Burrell died on Monday.

Cameron Burrell won the national title in the 100 meters in 2018 in Eugene, Oregon. He won a second national title with his team that season by running the anchor leg of the 4x100-meter relay.

"Words cannot express how we feel for Leroy, Michelle and their family. Cameron grew up around the Houston athletics department, worked hard and developed himself into one of our greatest track and field stars," athletic director Chris Pezman said. "To lose him so suddenly is tragic. We ask all University of Houston and track and field fans to keep coach Burrell and his family in their thoughts and prayers."

Cameron Burrell was a three-time first-team All-American in the 60-meter dash (2014, 2017-18) in the indoor season and earned first-team All-America honors three times (2016-2018) in the 100 on the outdoor schedule. He also was an All-America honoree as the anchor of the team's 4x100-meter relay in 2014 and 2018.

He was on the 4x100 relay team which won gold at the World Junior Championships in 2012 and earned silver at the 2019 World Relays. He ran anchor on the United States relay team that won gold at the 2018 Athletics World Cup.

Burrell became the 121st man to run the 100 in less than 10 seconds when he posted a time of 9.93 seconds on June 8, 2017. The mark was .01 of a second faster than his father's school record.

Along with his father, Burrell is survived by his mother, Olympic gold medalist Michelle Finn-Burrell, and brothers Joshua and Jaden.