Rick Hoyt, who for years completed the Boston Marathon in a wheelchair famously pushed by his father, died Monday morning at the age of 61, a little more than two years after his dad’s death, the family said.
“It is with profound sadness that the Hoyt Family announce the passing of our beloved brother and uncle, Rick Hoyt this morning,” the Hoyt family said in a statement. “Rick passed away due to complications with his respiratory system. As so many knew, Rick along with our father, Dick, were icons in the road race and triathlon worlds for over 40 years and inspired millions of people with disabilities to believe in themselves, set goals and accomplish extraordinary things.”
The family said that Rick Hoyt, in addition to inspiring countless people as a race participant, was also a “pioneer” in education.
“His mother Judy Hoyt changed the laws allowing her son to be educated alongside his non-disabled peers,” the family said. “His family is heartbroken and requests time to grieve and will share details as they become available.”