Magnus Olsson competed in the Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race in six editions from 1985 to 2008, tasting victory with EF Language in the 1997-98 race. He was named a Volvo Ocean Race Legends Ambassador in recognition of his enormous contribution to the event in 2011.
One of the most popular and recognizable sailors in the world, he maintained links with the round-the-world race to the end, and was working as a coach with the all-female Team SCA in Lanzarote when he suffered the stroke. He was surrounded by his family as he died on Saturday.
A statement from Team SCA read: “Magnus Olsson, one of the greatest sportsmen in the world of sailing, has passed away at a hospital in Spain. His family and friends were by his side. Magnus suffered a stroke during the week and despite initial positive signs, deteriorated over the next days.”
Volvo Ocean Race ceo Knut Frostad added: “It is with great sadness that I received the news of Magnus passing away. He was my mentor when I sailed round the world with him 20 years ago. He was the inspiration for me and for so many more. The sailing world will never be the same without Magnus and his smile.”
Courtesy of www.yachtingworld.com