Edmond Brassart

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEugène Edmond•Brassart
Used nameEdmond•Brassart
Other namesEdmond Brassard
Born5 March 1870 in Paris Ve, Paris (FRA)
Died19 August 1900 in Paris VIe, Paris (FRA)
NOC France


Sadly, Edmond Brassart was probably the first ever modern Olympian to die. Officially he died on 19 August 1900 at 0130 in the morning when his body was recovered and transported to the hospital, but he probably died in the late hours of 18 August 1900. He was one of four victims of a temporary wooden bridge collapse on that date, along with 30-50 more injured. The bridge, known as Passerelle des Invalides, because it was next to Pont des Invalides, one of the bridges in Paris, had been specially built for the 1900 Exposition.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1900 Summer Olympics Fencing FRA Edmond Brassart
Foil, Masters, Individual, Men (Olympic) AC r3/5
Épée, Masters, Individual, Men (Olympic) 6


Name given as Edmond Brassard by obituaries and articles about the accident, but Edmond Brassart is correct by official papers (birth certificate, military papers, death certificate)