Alexander Dale Oen, a world champion swimmer from Norway, died Monday night from a heart attack during a training camp in Flagstaff, Ariz, the Norwegian Olympic Swimming Committee said Tuesday. He was 26.
The Committee said the cause of the cardiac arrest is still being investigated. The 100-meter breaststroke world champion was found collapsed on the floor of his bathroom and taken to the Flagstaff Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, the committee said in a statement.
Dale Oen's win at the Shanghai Olympic provided much-needed happiness in his country, which had been devastated three before by right-wing extremist Anders Breivik's shooting spree that killed 77 people. Dale Oen dedicated the win to the victims of that massacre.