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Sean Barber looks on during the men's pole vault medal ceremony at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium, Australia, on April 12, 2018.
Canadian world champion pole vaulter Sean Barber has died at the age of 29, his agent Paul Doyle told CNN on Thursday.
barber set canadian He won gold at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, and later that year at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.
Barber died Wednesday at his home in Kingwood, Texas, due to complications, the University of Akron athletics department said in a statement.
As a student, Barber was a member of the University of Akron track and field team, which won three NCAA championships.
“Barbour became ill and had been in failing health for some time,” the athletic department said in a statement.
In a statement, the university recalled Barber as a “well-liked teammate and competitor.”
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Sean Barber competed in the men's pole vault final at the 2015 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing.
“Sean was not only a great athlete, but he was also a very kind-hearted person who always put others before himself,” Doyle told the Associated Press, admitting to CNN. “It's a tragedy to lose such a talented person at such a young age.”
Barber made his Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, reaching the final, which was later won by Brazil's Thiago Blas.
his best safe is According to Olympic.com, 6 meters remains a Canadian record.
According to the University of Akron, Barber is survived by her brother David, mother Ann, and father George. statement.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly characterized the record set by Barber. He set a Canadian record for the men's pole vault.