Houston McTear


Age: 58

U.S. sprinter who emerged from desperate poverty in the Florida Panhandle to become an international track star in the mid-1970's and was rated in the top 10 in the 100 meters for the United States from 1975 to 1980 but he was stronger at shorter distances including 60 meters and was once dubbed "the fastest human in the world" whose 1978 world record in 60 meters (6.54 s) stood up until it was broken by Ben Johnson in 1986 after his meteoric rise was effectively ended by the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics.

Cause of Death: Lung cancer

Born: February 12, 1957

Died: November 1, 2015

Stockholm, Sweden