By Robert A. Emmanuel (Antigua Observer) The nation has been sent into mourning after the tragic death of national cyclist Andre Simon early Thursday morning.
For more than a year after being critically injured on Sir George Walter Highway during a training ride, Simon, who was 35, had been fighting for his life at the TIRR Memorial Hospital in Texas, USA.
Simon’s family confirmed the news yesterday and wrote on social media thanking the public for their support during this difficult period.
“Thank you for all of your prayers and support and encouragement. It will never be forgotten,” wrote Dwayne Simon, Andre’s brother.
Immediately after the news broke, members of the cycling community and wider public expressed their anguish.
One commenter said, “Sleep in peace, Andre Simon. Heartfelt condolences to the family. The cycling and wider sport community mourns.”
“Really lost for words. You’ve fought for exactly 13 months…you were a positive, ambitious and encouraging soul. It’s been a pleasure knowing you…to your family (especially your son) who obviously gave their all and stuck with you until your final breath, I pray… grant them the strength to get through a time such as this,” another commentator expressed.