David Torrence celebrates winning silver in the men's 5,000-meter at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games at the Pan Am Athletics Stadium on July 25, 2015 in Toronto.
David Torrence, a 31-year-old Olympic runner, was found dead Monday morning in a swimming pool in Scottsdale, Ariz.
"Today we lost an fantastic athlete and an even greater friend", fellow runner Kyle Merber tweeted Monday night.
Torrence was born in Japan, but was raised in California and ran track at Cal-Berkeley. Originally he trained for the U.S. Olympic team before switching to Peru, where his mother holds citizenship.
Torrence began his career competing for the USA, and held the national record for the indoor 1000m, which he set in 2014 and still stands. That record still stands.
"David had spent the weekend with his family in Malibu, after returning from world track and field competitions in Europe last week", the Malibu Rotary Club's August 28 newsletter states.
Torrence was well-liked among fellow runners and fans of the sport. "One of the best humans I've ever met, I will miss him deeply".
He switched nationality to Peru a year ago and ran for his mother's home country at the Rio Olympics, finishing 15th in the 5000 metres. In a 17-day stretch back in June, the Malibu resident became Peru's national record holder for both the mile and the 1500-meter category.