Joseph Chebet Cause of Death: Boston Marathon Champion Died At 53

The sporting community was saddened by the death of former Boston Marathon champion Joseph Chebet on Friday.

After a protracted illness, Joseph, the 1999 Boston and New York Marathon champion, passed away on Friday at 3AM. He triumphed in 1999, clocking a time of 2:09.52 in Boston and 2:09.14 in New York.

Joseph Chebet Cause of Death

According to his brother, Ben Chebet, the former athlete was hospitalized for three days at the Mediheal Hospital in Eldoret due to a brief illness, Uasin Gishu County, before he passed away suddenly.

After falling short of his countryman Moses Tanui in the Boston Marathon by three seconds, he finished second once more at the New York Marathon in 1998, a race that was won by John Kagwe. In a time of 2:14.49, Joseph won the 2003 Vienna Marathon.

Joseph Chebet Cause of Death

Joseph began farming close to his house in Kapyego, Elgeyo Marakwet County, after he retired, and he did so up until his dying on Friday at the age of 53. According to Jack Tuwei, president of Athletics Kenya, Chebet was one of the committed athletes that helped Kenya become well-known in the road races in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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“We lost one of our icons. He was one of the legends who brought fame to our country. In a statement, Tuwei offered his condolences to the victim’s family, friends, employees, and the athletic community.

Two-time Boston Marathon champion Moses Tanui remembers their match from 1998 with love and describes Joseph as a “real fighter.”

Chebet was a gifted athlete who would go the distance in competition. I remember racing with him to the Boston Marathon finish line in 1998, where I beat him by three seconds. I want to let the family and friends know how sorry I am that we lost him and to offer my condolences during this tough time. Tanui continued, “Losing a loved one is difficult.”

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