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Olympic finalist David Torrence’s death ruled an accident

Scottsdale police told Deadspin that Torrence's death was an accident

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Olympic finalist David Torrence was found dead at the bottom of a Scottsdale, Ariz. swimming pool in August.

On Thursday, police told Deadspin that Torrence’s death has officially been ruled an accident. A specific cause of death was not released, according to Deadspin, which has requested a coroner’s report from the Scottsdale Police Department. Deadspin notes that Torrence’s father died of an aneurysm at the same age. (UPDATE/Feb. 12, 2018: LetsRun.com reports that Torrence’s father’s cause of death is incorrect.)

Torrence, who competed for the United States in international competition before representing Peru at the 2016 Olympic Games, was in Arizona training when he was found in an apartment complex’s swimming pool on the morning of Aug. 28, 2017. He was 31.

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“The investigation of this incident by the Scottsdale Police Department has been completed. Mr. Torrence’s death, although tragic, has been ruled accidental,” Scottsdale PD Public Information Officer Benjamin Hoster told Deadspin in a statement. “There is no evidence that indicates a criminal nexus or foul play in this incident.”

In 2015, Torrence, then competing for the United States, won a silver medal at the Pan Am Games in Toronto for the 5,000m, an event in which he held a PB of 13:16.53.