England’s Andy Holmes, age 51, rowing coach for the last two years, died in the hospital after feeling ill about a week before from what doctors think might have been leptospirosis, a waterborne bacterial disease.
Holmes earned the gold twice, one for the coxed four in 1984 and one for coxless pairs in 1988. He teamed with five-time Olympic champion Steve Redgrave in both. He also was the Commonwealth Games champion in 1986 for the same events.
England will miss Andy Holmes, a great man and a great athlete.