US Olympian Tori Bowie died during childbirth, autopsy reveals – rest in peace

Olympic gold medalist Tori Bowie died at home from complications of childbirth, according to fresh reports.

News of the 32-year-old’s sudden passing came as a shock last month, but a coroner’s report obtained by TMZ has now revealed the official cause of death.

Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office discovered Bowie – a silver medalist in the 100m sprint at the 2016 Olympics in Rio – dead in her bed at her Florida home when they were sent to do a welfare check.

As per ET Online, Bowie’s family had contacted the authorities after growing concerned that they had not heard from her in several days.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 19: Tori Bowie of the United States celebrates winning gold in the Women’s 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was May 3 that Icon Management Inc, the agency that represented Bowie, announced her passing to the world.

“We’re devastated to share the very sad news that Tori Bowie has passed away,” they wrote on Twitter.

“We’ve lost a client, dear friend, daughter and sister. Tori was a champion…a beacon of light that shined so bright! We’re truly heartbroken and our prayers are with the family and friends.”

More than a month on, an autopsy report has confirmed that the sprinter’s cause of death was complications of childbirth.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – AUGUST 07: Gold medalist Tori Bowie of the United States poses with her medal for the competes in the Women’s 100 metres during the “IAAF Athletics World Championships London 2017” at London Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, United Kingdom on August 7, 2017. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

According to USA Today, the report from the Orange County (Fla.) Medical Examiner Office said Bowie had a “well developed fetus” and was eight months pregnant at the time of her death.

Officials have speculated that Bowie’s possible complications could have included respiratory distress and eclampsia.

The 32-year-old was an accomplished athlete, having won a silver medal (100m) and a bronze (200m) for the US at the Brazil Olympics in 2016.

Rest in peace, Tori Bowie. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

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