Ángel Fournier Rodríguez has died aged 35 ©Getty Images

Ángel Fournier Rodríguez, Cuba's most successful rower, has died at the age of just 35 after suffering a heart attack.

Fournier was a three-time Olympian after competing in the single sculls at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.

He was sixth in Rio and seventh in London where he won the B-final, and he also claimed three medals at the World Championships.

These were silvers in 2013 and 2017 and bronze in 2014.

At the Pan American Games, Fournier enjoyed great success, claiming five golds across four editions.

Fournier passed away in Dallas in the United States.

Ángel Fournier Rodríguez was a three-time Olympian ©Getty Images
Ángel Fournier Rodríguez was a three-time Olympian ©Getty Images

He grew up in Guantanamo but moved to Havana when his talent for rowing was spotted.

"World Rowing is saddened to hear of the passing of Cuban rower Ángel Fournier Rodríguez," the world governing body said.

"Fournier Rodríguez was a multiple time World Cup medallist, Pan Am champion and Olympian. 

"We wish to extend our condolences to Ángel's family and the Cuban Federation."