Alexander Lubina dead at 42: Former German champion athlete tragically dies in cave in Mallorca during storm

FORMER Germany athletics champion Alexander Lubina has died aged 42.

The long-distance runner was involved in an accident in Mallorca, leading to his death.

According to the Spanish Guardia Civil, Lubina descended a cliff to a cave in Cala Serena but a storm caused high waves which threw the runner against the rocks.

Divers later salvaged his body from the cave during the night.

A police spokesman told German outlet Bild: "It is a dangerous place where, unfortunately, there have been several accidents and deaths."

Lubina became Germany's 10,000 metre champion in 2002.

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Bild also report Lubina held training sessions for runners in Mallorca earlier this week.

And his running club, TV Wattenscheid 01, also paid tribute to Lubina in a statement that reads: "TV Wattenscheid 01 mourns the loss of its former athlete Alexander Lubina.

"Our thoughts are with the relatives of Alexander and we wish the bereaved friends and relatives strength in this difficult time."

Others took to Lubina's Instagram page to express their sorrow.

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One person wrote: "What sad news, show them up there in the clouds."

Another added: "Alex, you're walking on clouds now."

A third said: "Heartfelt condolences."

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