Wife of former Vancouver Olympics CEO dies in car crash overseas

Former VANOC CEO John Furlong. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI Agency)

Former VANOC CEO John Furlong. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:20 PM ET

The wife of former Vancouver Olympics chief John Furlong has died in a car crash in Ireland.

Furlong, who was CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 games and is currently an executive with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, issued a statement to radio station CKNW Friday morning:

"It is with a broken heart that I must tell you of the death of my beloved wife Deborah Sharp Furlong as a result of an automobile accident while driving alone while on vacation in the southeast of Ireland on April 11, 2013. While our extended families are beyond words over this loss, we would like to thank our friends and well-wishers for their heartfelt concern and condolences."

Furlong has been embroiled in a scandal involving allegations of rape and abuse brought against him by freelance reporter Laura Robinson who wrote an article in September in which students said they were abused at a Catholic school where Furlong taught starting in 1969.

Furlong sued her for defamation in November, but she responded with fresh accusations in January.


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