UNC: Former Olympian Antonio Pettigrew Found Dead

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Former Olympian Antonio Pettigrew was found dead in Chatham County early Tuesday.

North Carolina spokesman Matt Bowers says that Pettigrew, an assistant Tar Heels track coach, was discovered in his car. No other details were available. A call to the Chatham County sheriff's department wasn't immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.

Pettigrew was part of the 1,600-meter U.S. relay team that won the gold medal in the Sydney Olympics in 2000, but the International Olympic Committee stripped the team of the medals two years ago after Pettigrew admitted doping during a trial against former coach Trevor Graham.

The 42-year-old Pettigrew had spent four seasons at North Carolina and focused on sprints, hurdle and relays. He graduated from St. Augustine's in Raleigh in 1993.


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