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Florence Delorez Griffith Joyner (21 Dec 1959 – 21 Sep 1998), also known as Flo-Jo, was an American track and field athlete. She was inducted (1995) into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame, based on the world records she set in 1988 for both the 100 m and 200 m (which still stand in 2017). During the late 1980s she became a popular figure in international track and field because of her record-setting performances and flashy personal style. 
Florence Griffith Joyner was born Delorez Florence Griffith in Los Angeles, California, the seventh of eleven children born to her parents Robert Griffith (airline technician) and Florence Griffith(teacher). Her mother came from Henderson, N.C., to California to be with a sister, who was working on her Ph.D. at UCLA, and to go to school but ended up getting married to her father who was from Nashville, Tenn. The family lived in Littlerock, California before the parents separated and the eleven children (Bobby, Weldon, Vivian, Kathleen, Robert, Elizabeth aka “Cissy,” Florence, Joseph, Lemuel, Gale and Eugene.) went with their mother to the Jordan Downs public housing complex located in the Watts section of Los Angeles.
Florence Delorez Griffith's nickname among family was "Dee Dee". She was briefly engaged to hurdler Greg Foster. In 1987, Florence Delorez Griffith married 1984 Olympic triple jump champion Al Joyner. Through her marriage to Al Joyner she was sister-in-law to fellow track and field athlete Hall of Fame inductee Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Florence Griffith Joyner. In 1990 Al Joyner and Florence Delorez Griffith Joyner had a daughter, named Mary after Al Joyner’s mother, who had died aged 38.
On 21 Sep 1998, Florence Griffith Joyner died in her sleep at home in the Canyon Crest neighborhood of Mission Viejo, California, at the age of 38. The unexpected death was investigated by the sheriff-coroner's office, with the cause of death being suffocation during a severe epileptic seizure.
Florence Griffith Joyner's grave at El Toro Memorial Park in Lake Forest has a gravestone that includes her photo and this memorial:-
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