Coronavirus Claims Member of Beloved Jamaican Bobsled Team

Sam Clayton Jr. was 58
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2020 12:50 AM CDT
Coronavirus Claims Member of 'Cool Runnings' Bobsled Team
Medical supplies are displayed before a news conference with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the Jacob Javits Center, Monday, March 23, 2020, in New York.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(Newser) – A member of the Jamaican bobsled team that went to the 1988 Olympics and inspired Cool Runnings has died of COVID-19. Sam Clayton Jr. was an "integral part" of the team, says teammate Devon Harris, though he was not actually on the sled that infamously crashed. "He was among the very first four selected to spearhead Jamaica's entrance into winter sports and the Winter Olympics," Harris says, per TMZ. Clayton, 58, became a sound engineer for the UK band Steel Pulse after giving up bobsledding. He died March 31, leaving behind his wife and four children. (Read more coronavirus stories.)

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