“The 9”. News Curated Weekly. Shawn Barber’s death, Emmy Awards, and the USA are more undemocratic than Vietnam

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This week, Shawn Barber’s tragic death at 29, and then:

Canada. Sport. Shawn Barber dead at 29.

Shawn Barber, the queer Canadian pole-vaulting record holder and 2015 world champion, has died from medical complications at the age of 29. Barber died at his home in Kingwood, Texas, as confirmed by his agent Paul Doyle to The Associated Press. The cause of death is not yet known. Barber had been experiencing health issues. “More than just an incredible athlete, Shawn was such a good-hearted person that always put others ahead of himself,” Doyle said Thursday. “It’s tragic to lose such a good person at such a young age.” Barber was a standout pole vaulter at the University of Akron, where he captured back-to-back NCAA indoor championships in 2014 and 2015. He won the NCAA outdoor crown as well in 2015, before taking gold later that summer at the Pan-Am Games. Barber carried a wave of momentum into worlds that season in Beijing. He took gold over Germany’s Raphael Marcel Holzdeppe. He came out in a 2017 Facebook post, Outsports reports. “Gay and proud,” he wrote. “Thank you to my parents for being such a great support. I continue to grow as a person and have a great support group. My parents are my greatest support and have helped me through a lot recently. To my friends, you are always my friends and I love you too!”

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