Houston McTear was born on February 12, 1957, and died on November 1, 2015 from lung cancer.
He was an American sprinter, who emerged from desperate poverty in the Florida Panhandle to become an international track star in the mid-1970s.
Houston rated in the top 10 in the 100 meters in the United States from 1975–1980, but he was stronger at shorter distances, including 60 meters.
His 1978 world record in the 60 meters (6.54 s) stood up until it was broken by Ben Johnson in 1986 However, his meteoric rise was effectively ended by the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics.
Houston lived in the United States and was married to the Swedish sprinter Linda Haglund.
Houston McTear passed away from lung cancer on November 1, 2015 at the age of 58. He had 4 children.