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Former IU, Olympic Diver Dies

Last updated on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

(GREENVILLE, NC) - Former Indiana University diver and Olympic gold medalist Mark Lenzi has died. He was 43 years old.

No cause of death was given in a release from IU, but Lenzi's mother, Ellie, tells The Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, Virginia that he had been hospitalized the last two weeks due to fainting spells that were caused by low blood pressure.

Lenzi won the NCAA championship on the one-meter springboard in 1989 and 1990. He won the gold medal on the three-meter springboard at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and won a bronze in the same event at Atlanta in 1996.

Lenzi's gold medal in 1992 is the last gold for an American male in Olympic diving. His bronze in 1996 marks the last time an American has medaled in men's diving at the Olympics.

He was selected the NCAA's diver of the year in 1989 and 1990.

After his diving career ended, Lenzi went into coaching. He coached both men's and women's diving at East Carolina from 2009 through 2011. Funeral services are scheduled for today in Greenville, North Carolina.

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