London: Former Olympic rowing champion Andy Holmes, who won gold medals with Steve Redgrave at the 1984 and 1988 Games, died aged 51 on Sunday, British Rowing announced on Monday.
Holmes was taken ill last week with what media reports said was suspected to be a case of the rare bacterial disease leptospirosis, also called Weil`s disease.
In a statement on its website, British Rowing said it was announcing his "tragic and untimely death with great sorrow".
Holmes won gold at Los Angeles in 1984 in the coxed four with Redgrave, Martin Cross, Richard Budgett and Adrian Ellison.
Four years later in Seoul he won gold in the pair, again with Redgrave, and bronze in the coxed pair, steered by Pat Sweeney.
Leptospirosis can be caught through contact with river or lake water. It contains the urine of infected animals and is notorious amongst watersports athletes.