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14th Jun 2023

Olympian dies following complications during childbirth

Ellen Fitzpatrick


US Olympic sprinter Tori Bowie died following complications in childbirth, her agent has confirmed.

Bowie won gold in the 4x100m relay at the Rio Olympics in 2016, as well as silver in the 100m and bronze in the 200m.

She sadly passed away at her home in Florida at the age of 32 in May.

Following her autopsy report, Bowie’s agent Kimberly Holland told CBS News that all speculation regarding her death has been “very hurtful”.

“Unfortunately, so many people, including the media, are making speculations that she did something to herself, which is very hurtful,” Holland said.

“So hopefully, now knowing the truth, there will be many apologies.”


The autopsy report was obtained by USA Today Sports, revealing that Bowie’s death was ruled as “natural”.

It also noted that she was said to be eight months pregnant at the time of her death and was going through labour when she died.

The report also claimed that possible complications Bowie had included respiratory distress and eclampsia, which is when a person develops seizures, or convulsions, during pregnancy.

In May, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office reported that deputies had visited a home in the area after reports of a “well-being check of a woman in her 30s who had not been seen or heard from in several days.”

A woman “tentatively identified as Frentorish ‘Tori’ Bowie was found dead in the home”.

When news of her death broke, two-time world 200m champion and US record holder Noah Lyles said on Twitter: “This breaks my heart to hear, and I will keep the family in my prayers.”

While Jamaica’s three-time Olympic champion Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce wrote: “My heart breaks for the family of Tori Bowie. A great competitor and source of light. Your energy and smile will always be with me. Rest in peace.”


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