Badminton: Lee Chong Wei leads tributes after London 2012 bronze medallist Chung Jae Sung dies at 35

Lee Chong Wei (above) offered his condolences to Chung Jae Sung's wife and children.
Lee Chong Wei (above) offered his condolences to Chung Jae Sung's wife and children.PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korean badminton player Chung Jae Sung, who won the bronze medal in the men's doubles at the London Olympics, has died at the age of 35, the Korea Badminton Association said on Friday (March 9).

Chung was found dead by his wife at their home early on Friday, a badminton official said by telephone, adding that the cause of death was not yet known and that an autopsy would be performed on Saturday.

Yonhap News quoted local police as saying Chung had been diagnosed with arrhythmia three years ago and that he had complained of chest pains at times.

Chung partnered Lee Yong Dae to third place at the 2012 Games with their victory over Malaysian pair Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong.

His death was keenly felt across the global badminton community.

"I'm so sorry to hear this news. He was super fit as a player," Malaysia's The Star quoted Tan as saying.

Former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia said: "This is sad news. I offer my condolences to his wife and two children, and I pray that the family will stay strong".