'Germaine was a great athlete, an Olympian and a silver medal winning part of Team GB who made history at Beijing 2008. Mason was one of only four British athletics medallists at the 2008 Games but faced major setbacks in and out of the sport in the subsequent years.'Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this difficult time.' Team Jamaica also released a statement following Mason's death. Knee surgery at the end of the year wrecked his winter preparations and then his brother, Andre, was jailed for his part in a gang murder of a 22-year-old student in west London.Bolt was said to have waited at the scene until Mason's body was taken away by paramedics.

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Mason, who has a five-year-old son, competed for Great Britain in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and won a silver medal in the high jump event.

The high jump star, who was born in Kingston, lived in Jamaica but has dual nationality because his father is English and was chosen to represent Britain in 2006.

Following his retirement, he returned to Jamaica to live closer to his family and friends.

As news broke of Mason's death, several athletes poured out tributes on social media, including Johnson Thomson and Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill. Such sad news', while Linford Christie wrote: 'Heart goes out to friends and family of Germaine Mason on this sad day. Never forgotten.'The news stunned Jamaica, a country that takes particular pride in its relatively large number of standout athletes in track and field.

Mason died still holding Jamaica's national record for the high jump event, at 2.34m, or 7.67 feet.

Before migrating to the UK, he trained with the Stephen Francis-coached MVP Track Club.He was seen celebrating at trackside in Beijing with Bolt, who said at the time: 'We've been friends since 2002 and I'm very happy for him.'He had knee surgery and he's coming back now, so I'm happy for him.To me, it doesn't really matter who he runs for.'Team GB and the British Olympic Association said it was 'sad to hear' about Mason's death on Thursday.Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted: 'Our sincere condolences to the entire sporting community.'Aside from his Olympic silver, Mason had several other wins.He received silver at the Junior World Championships in Chile in 2000, bronze at the Junior World Championships in Jamaica 2002, and bronze at the World Indoor Championships in Budapest in 2004.'Team GB are incredibly saddened to hear of the sudden death of Olympic medallist Germaine Mason,' Team GB said in a statement on Facebook.