World Champion, Kelly Catlin Commits Suicide At 23
The three-time world cycling champion died Thursday night, at the age of 23, in her on-campus residence at Stanford University; her family members confirmed that she died by suicide.
“There isn’t a minute that goes by that we don’t think of her and think of the wonderful life she could have lived,” Mark Catlin wrote. “There isn’t a second in which we wouldn’t freely give our lives in exchange for hers.
The graduate student at Stanford, Catlin was pursuing a degree in computational and mathematical engineering, picked up cycling at age 17 after suffering injuries from running. She showed immediate talent. She joined Rally Pro Cycling in 2017. In a statement, the team described Kelly Catlin who committed suicide as “a friend and teammate.”
“The news of Kelly Catlin’s passing has hit the team hard. Losing an incredible person at such a young age is very difficult,” read the statement. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and those who were fortunate enough to know her best.”