Former Olympic athlete Antonio Pettigrew was found dead today at the age of 42. Pettigrew is a former sprinter who was stripped of the gold medal that he won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics after admitting to using performance enhancing drugs.
Pettigrew, who is survived by his wife Cassandra and son Antonio Pettigrew Jr. Was found in his car in Chatham County, North Carolina, according to the AP.
At the University of North Carolina where Pettigrew worked as a track assistant, UNC athletic director Dick Baddour said in a statement “Although we are still learning the circumstances, we are deeply saddened to learn of Antonio’s death. I was particularly impressed with the relationships he established with his student-athletes and the pride he took in representing the University of North Carolina. Our deepest condolences go out to Antonio’s family, particularly his wife and son.”
There is still no word on the exact cause of death.
Source: The Huffington Post