This picture, taken on September 30, 2000, shows the
US 4x400m relay team on the podium after winning gold
at the Sydney Olympics. The team (left-right) Antonio
Pettigrew, twins Calvin and Alvin Harrison and Michael
Johnson, were later stripped of the medals after
Pettigrew admitted to doping.
Atonio Pettigrew, US sprint star, found dead in car
From: AFP August 11, 2010
FORMER US sprint star Antonio Pettigrew, who was stripped of a Sydney Olympics gold medal for doping, has been found dead in his car.
His body - a bottle of sleeping pills next to him - was discovered at the University of North Carolina, where he worked as an assistant athletics coach. He was 42.
Pettigrew, who won the world 400 metres world title in Tokyo in 1991, was a member of the 4x400 metres American relay team that won the gold medal in Sydney in 2000.
But the International Olympic Committee (IOC) stripped Pettigrew and his teammates - including Michael Johnson - of their medals after he admitted later that he was involved in doping.
Pettigrew had never tested positive in a career in which his 1991 world 400 metres title was followed by World Championships relay gold in 1997 and 1999 before his triumph with the US squad in Sydney.
But he revealed his drug use when called to testify in the perjury trial of former athletics coach Trevor Graham in 2008, after the athlete was implicated by prosecution witness Angel Heredia.
Heredia, a self-described steroids dealer from Mexico, alleged Pettigrew and others received banned performance-enhancing drugs from him through Graham.
Pettigrew acknowledged using the prohibited substance erythropoietin, known as EPO, and human growth hormone (HGH'), from 1997 to 2003. He accepted a two-year ban.
His admission also cost him his relay gold medals from the 1997 and 1999 World Championships.
Pettigrew is survived by his wife, Cassandra, and a son, Antonio Pettigrew jnr.