Olympic track star Florence Joyner died on this day in 1998.
Florence Joyner, affectionately known as Flo-Jo, died 23 years ago today at the age of 38. The track and field star was considered the “fastest woman of all time and set world records at the 1988 Olympics.
Joyner reportedly died in her sleep as the result of a seizure.
During the late 1980s, Joyner became a popular figure in international track and field because of her record-setting performances and flashy personal style.
At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Flo-Jo won the 100-meter final. In the 200-meter semifinal, she set the world record of 21.56 seconds and then she broke this record again in winning in the finals by 0.40 seconds with her time of 21.34 seconds.
Tiffany Haddish is set to play Flo-Jo in an upcoming biopic.
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