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Tragic Loss: U.S. Olympian Tori Bowie’s Untimely Death Linked to Childbirth Complications

An autopsy report reveals the heartbreaking details of track and field gold medalist Tori Bowie’s untimely death. More inside…

The world of athletics has been left in shock and mourning as news broke of the untimely passing of Olympic track and field champion, Tori Bowie. The highly regarded sprinter’s life was tragically cut short due to complications stemming from childbirth, as revealed in her recently released autopsy report.

The findings from Florida’s Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office, obtained by PEOPLE, provide a glimpse into the circumstances surrounding her heartbreaking death. Tori, a remarkable athlete at the age of 32, was in the midst of labor when she tragically succumbed. According to reports, she had a “well developed fetus” and was about eight months pregnant at the time of her passing. The three-time Olympic medalist was found deceased in bed on May 2, according to the report.

The cause of her death has been determined as natural, with the report noting “possible complications” including respiratory distress and eclampsia.

Eclampsia, a rare but serious complication associated with preeclampsia, emerged as a potential contributing factor in Tori’s passing, as detailed in the autopsy report. Preeclampsia, characterized by high blood pressure and organ damage, is typically managed to prevent the progression to eclampsia, as highlighted by the March of Dimes.


Although it remains uncertain whether Tori was undergoing treatment for preeclampsia, the report suggests that complications arising from eclampsia may have played a role, causing disorientation and, in severe cases, leading to strokes or even death, as explained by the Cleveland Clinic. According to the autopsy, at the time of her passing, the accomplished 5-foot-9 inch athlete weighed a mere 96 pounds.

Addressing the aftermath of Tori’s tragic death, her agent, Kimberly Holland, spoke out against hurtful speculations surrounding the circumstances. In a statement to CBS News, Kimberly Holland expressed her disappointment and called for compassion, particularly in light of the autopsy report. She hopes that with the revelation of the truth, understanding and apologies will follow, honoring the track and field star’s memory and the legacy she leaves behind.

“Unfortunately, so many people, including the media, are making speculations that she did something to herself, which is very hurtful. So hopefully, now knowing the truth, there will be many apologies,” she said.

The news of Tori Bowie’s passing initially spread when her management company, Icon Management, shared a somber statement on social media. On May 3, they announced with heavy hearts that Tori Bowie had departed, losing not only a client but also a dear friend, daughter, and sister. Recognizing her incredible achievements and describing her as a champion and a beacon of light, they expressed profound grief and extended heartfelt prayers to Bowie’s family and friends.

Following the discovery of Tori’s lifeless body in her home, authorities from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department confirmed no signs of foul play. Further details regarding the cause of her passing will be released by the medical examiner’s office.

The world mourns the loss of Tori Bowie, an outstanding athlete whose remarkable talent and spirit inspired many. As we reflect on her achievements on the track, let us also remember the profound impact she had on those around her. May her soul rest in eternal peace, and may her loved ones find comfort and support during this immensely challenging time.

Photo: AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File

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