Outpouring of Grief following Germaine Mason’s Passing

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is among several prominent local and international figures expressing sympathies at the tragic death of Jamaican-born Olympian, Germaine Mason.

Mason was killed in a motor vehicle crash early this morning.

He took bronze for Jamaica in the High Jump at the 2004 world indoor championships and claimed silver at the 2000 World Juniors in Chile.

He began competing for Britain, his father’s homeland, in 2006 and won an Olympic silver medal for that country in 2008.

Mason died when his Honda motorbike crashed in the vicinity of the Gypsum plant on Norman Manley Boulevard in East Kingston.

He was on his way home from a party when the accident happened.

Mason was a close friend of legendary Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt.

Bolt was partying with Mason and several other close friends, including former Jamaican football star Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner and singjay Christopher Martin, shortly before the high jumper lost his life.

The sprint great arrived on the scene after news surfaced that Mason had crashed at approximately 4:20 this morning.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Holness said ‘it’s a sad time for the sporting fraternity’.

Sports Minister, Olivia Grange, says she’s reached out to friends of Mason, including Asafa Powell, who’re all stunned by his passing.

UK High Commissioner to Jamaica, David Fitton, along with former British Olympic Stars, Linford Christie and Jessica Ennis-Hill, has also expressed shock at Mason’s passing.

A tearful former Jamaican hurdler Brigette Foster-Hylton remembered Mason as a champion and an outstanding person.

Head of the JCF’s Traffic and Highway Division, Superintendent Calvin Allen says investigations are underway into the crash.

SSP Allen says there’s no evidence to support international media reports that Mason was part of a convoy, which included Bolt, when the accident happened.

Meanwhile, Director of the Road Safety Unit, Kenute Hare, is appealing to persons riding motorcycles to wear a helmet.