Jamaican Olympian Twilet Malcolm dies of pancreatic cancer

By July 10, 2019
Malcolm (centre) represented Jamaica at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Malcolm (centre) represented Jamaica at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

Jamaican Olympian Twilet Malcolm died on Wednesday morning in Houston, Texas, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 50 years old.

Malcolm was a member of Jamaica’s 4x100m squad at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, alongside icons Juliet Cuthbert and Merlene Ottey.

She was a former student at St. Catherine High and St. Jago High Schools. At St. Jago she was a part of a class of standout athletes like Juliet Campbell, Michelle Freeman and Cheryl Ann Phillips, who led St Jago to top 10 finishes at the ISSA Girls Championships.

 Malcolm matriculated to the University of Southwestern Louisiana where she was an All-American athlete in 1993.

She was the first woman from USL to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships after running a 6.79s 55m dash. She also set numerous school records in the 100m, 200m and long jump.

In 2017, her nephew, Beau Breske, posted on Facebook that Malcolm, then 48, had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in a bid to raise money to help offset significant medical expenses.

“I attend the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  In February of 2017, my mom Janice Malcolm-Breske received news that her sister Twilet Alexander (Malcolm) (48 yrs old) had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,” he wrote.

“A team of several doctors at the Houston Methodist Hospital tried to remove the tumour surrounding the pancreas, but they were unsuccessful. The tumour was wrapped around a main vein and if removed she would have bled to death.

“Her bile ducts are blocked and Twi has not been able to eat for the past few weeks. Because of being in the hospital for a period of time, she had incurred lots of expenses. The end goal is to raise $150k to $200k to help her with upcoming chemotherapy, radiation treatment and medical expenses.”

The St.Jago Past Students Association attempted to assist with raising the funds but there is no indication that their efforts were successful.

Fellow Olympian Michelle Freeman told Sportsmax.TV that Malcolm was in remission when her cancer returned very aggressively. "She fought her cancer hard," Freeman said, adding that she is now no longer in pain.

Malcolm is survived by a son and a daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

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