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“This Is Happening Way Too Often”: Tributes Pour In From All Corners for Forbes 30 Under 30 Member Who Collapsed After Marathon

Published 02/18/2023, 2:02 PM EST

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The Mesa Marathon is an annual race in Phoenix, Arizona where participants gather to complete the 26.2-mile run. Marathons, one of the longest events in Athletics, often drain every ounce of energy from the participants’ bodies, sometimes pushing them to the verge of collapse. In the 2023 edition of the race, which took place on February 4, a 26-year-old businessman from Rhode Island suffered a similarly horrific fate. After the tragic turn of events that ultimately claimed his life, people are offering their condolences from all around the world.

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This young gentleman, a member of Forbes 30 Under 30, successfully completed the race when he collapsed near the paramedics. After a tweet about his demise, among many, went viral, people flooded the comments section with their tributes.

The unfortunate turn of events that claimed the life of Pierre Lipton


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The Mesa Marathon started at 6:30 am and Pierre Lipton crossed the finish line in 3:10:05, his new personal record. Lipton finished the race with a speed of 7:15 per mile and showed no signs of discomfort while running. However, once at the finish line, he collapsed and was immediately rushed to the hospital. But unfortunately, even CPR couldn’t bring him back. Tributes have been pouring in from everywhere for Lipton.

Such a tragedy. May he rest in peace”


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“Time to say the quiet part out loud- this is happening way too often. Heartbreaking, prayers”

Lipton’s dad, Dr. Jordan Lipton later told the Boston Globe, “the working diagnosis is he might have had some sudden electrolyte imbalance that caused arrhythmia”. His girlfriend was also devastated and penned a heartfelt tribute to her late boyfriend on her Instagram.

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She wrote, “On Saturday, I lost the love of my life. The person I thought I would spend forever with”. Her long and endearing post finally ended with, “I love you Pierre”, thus declaring her unbound love for him. Lipton’s death as speculated was due to arrhythmia, an irregularity in heartbeat.

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Such instances have happened before in the sporting world when the body is pushed beyond its limit due to the excessive strain involved. In 2017, WWE regular Nicole Bass died of a stroke and then too, the bodybuilding world paid her tribute.


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Lipton is the founder of the Chicago-based Newsletter company, 1499 Media, and was inculcated in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2022. Having built a large business, at such a young age, his legacy will be remembered.



Tanmay Roy

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Tanmay Roy is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. He has done MBA and B.Tech in Civil Engineering.

Edited By: Anupama Ghosh