- June 12, 2018
- Posted by: Stephen Hannon
- Category: News
Olympic champion Bode Miller described himself as “beyond devastated” following the tragic death of his youngest child.
His 19-month-old daughter Emeline Grier Miller was reported to have drowned in a swimming pool in California on Saturday evening.
Paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive her, but she passed away in an Orange County hospital the following day.
In an Instagram post, Miller spoke of the anguish and loss he and his family are suffering.
“Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this. Her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten,” Miller wrote.
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We are beyond devastated. Our baby girl, Emmy, passed away yesterday. Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this. Her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten. Our little girl loved life and lived it to it’s fullest everyday. Our family respectfully requests privacy during this painful time.
In a shared statement, US Ski and Snowboard Team President Tiger Shaw said:
“Everyone at U.S. Ski & Snowboard is devastated to hear the tragic news about Bode and Morgan’s baby daughter Emmy.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with them, their family and friends at this time.”
Other members of the wider Olympic family also sent messages of condolence and support to Miller and his family:
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) June 12, 2018
Devastating news. My deepest condolences to you and your family @MillerBode 🙏🏻
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) June 11, 2018
The entire USA Volleyball Beach family sends its deepest condolences to beach volleyball player Morgan (Beck) Miller and her husband Bode Miller and their family and friends on the death of their daughter, Emmy.
— USAV Beach (@USAVBeach) June 12, 2018
40-year-old Miller is America’s most decorated Alpine skier, winning gold in the super combined at Vancouver 2010.
He also claimed three silvers and two bronze medals at three Olympic Games.
Miller also became the oldest Olympic medalist in alpine skiing history at Sochi 2014 by finishing third in the Super-G.
His wife Morgan is a professional volleyball player and model.
Last April, Miller announced that they were expecting their fifth child in October.