Who is in Cameron Burrell's family? Parents of late athlete share 'profound grief' at loss of son

Amber Peake August 11, 2021
Who is in Cameron Burrell’s family? Parents of late athlete share ‘profound grief’ at loss of son
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US sprinter Cameron Burrell’s death was announced yesterday (Tuesday, 10 August) in a statement made by his grieving family. Some fans are curious to know more about Cameron Burrell’s parents and family.

Family mourn athlete’s death

It was announced yesterday (Tuesday, 10 August) that Cameron Burrell, who won the 2018 NCAA 100m title, had died aged 26. His death was announced by his father, Leroy Burrell, in a statement to the University of Houston.

The statement began: “My family is extremely saddened with the loss of our son, Cameron, last night. We are going through profound sorrow and ask that all of our friends, extended University of Houston family and the track and field community in the US and abroad allow us to gather with our closest family and friends.

“We are profoundly grief stricken, and thank everyone for the outpouring of prayers and support. We will forward more information when it is available.”

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Who are Cameron Burrell’s parents?

Cameron Burrell was the son of former Olympic athletes Leroy Burrell and Michelle Finn-Burrell.

Leroy Burrell is a former 100m record holder and Olympic gold medalist, having won the accolade as part of the 4 x 100m relay in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

The Olympian has since become known for his role as head coach of the men’s and women’s track and field teams at the University of Houston.

Cameron Burrell’s mother, Michelle Finn-Burrell, is also known for her Olympic achievements as she won gold at the 1992 Olympic games in the women’s 4 x 100m relay final.

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Cameron Burrell’s family

The athlete’s parents aren’t the only family members to have competed in the Olympics over the years as his godfather Carl Lewis and aunt Dawn Burrell have taken part in the games.

Carl Lewis is Team USA’s record Olympic medal winner for men, winning ten medals (nine gold and one silver) during his career. He won four of his nine gold medals in his first games in Los Angeles in 1984.

Dawn Burrell competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in which she reached the women’s long jump final.

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.