'America's Fastest College Athlete' Cameron Burrell Dies 26 | 22 Words

America's fastest college athlete Cameron Burrell, whose godfather is track and field icon Carl Lewis, has died at the age of twenty-six years old in an unexplained parking garage incident.

The former NCAA track star Cameron Burrell's death was announced by The University of Houston on Tuesday.

"We are devastated by the unexpected passing of alumnus Cameron Burrell. We offer our sincerest condolences and support to the Burrell family and all who knew him, including Cameron's many friends, coaches, and teammates," the university wrote.

Burrell's father Leroy said in a statement obtained by TMZ: "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 U.S. 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."

Medical records indicate he died in a parking lot but offer no further details as to what actually happened to result in his tragic death.

And a family friend Mike Pede said that his "heart breaks," for the athlete's parents, Leroy and Michelle.

"I cannot imagine the pain they must be going through, but I draw on Leroy's undying positivity and we should all send some to this family know as they try to make some sense of Cameron's passing," Pedé wrote on Facebook.

He is the fastest college athlete in the US, and growing up surrounded by athletes... it's no wonder.

His father was a gold medalist at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in the 4x100m relay and the former world record holder in the 100m. But that's not all...

His mom won track gold at the 1992 games too.

"Condolences to his family, he was a great athlete," one person wrote on Facebook.

"RIP young man! Heartfelt condolences to the coach and his family," another said.

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced shortly.

Rest in Peace.