South Korea's Lee Yong-dae (left) and his teammate Chung Jae-sung during a badminton match at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Wembley Arena August 4, 2012. REUTERS file pic.

SEOUL: South Korean badminton player Chung Jae-sung, who won bronze in the men’s doubles at the London Olympics, has died at the age of 35, the Korea Badminton Association said today.

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 tomorrow.

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 London in 2012 with their victory over Malaysian pair Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong. His death was keenly felt across the global badminton community.

Lee Chong Wei said he was saddened by the tragic news, and offered his condolences to Jae-sung’s wife and two children.--AFP

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