Bode Miller's household was struck with tragedy over the weekend. The Olympian skier mournfully told his social media followers that Emeline Miller, his 19-month-old daughter, died after drowning in a Southern California swimming pool. The 1-year-old was pronounced dead on Sunday at an Orange County hospital, the day after paramedics tried unsuccessfully to bring her back to health after the swimming pool incident. In his Instagram address, Miller said the family was "beyond devastated" by this passing, and the athlete commemorated his departed daughter for "her love, her light" and "her spirit." He also requested privacy for himself and his family at this time. Here's what Bode Miller wrote.
Paramedics were called to Bode Miller's residence just before 6:30 PM on Saturday, according to a report from ESPN (opens in new tab). After the paramedics were unable to retrieve a pulse from Emeline Miller, the medical professionals rushed the toddler to the emergency room. There was reportedly no pulse the whole way to the hospital. According to Carrie Braun, Orange County sheriff's spokesperson, the death is currently under investigation at this time.
The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team responded to Bode Miller's tragedy by posting the following tweet.
In addition to the social media post above, Bode Miller also expressed his gratitude for everyone who has supported him and extended their condolences during this extremely difficult moment in his life in a follow-up post. In that address, Miller took the opportunity to share another photo of his late daughter and youngest child.
Meanwhile, back in February, Bode Miller also shared this photo of Emeline Miller on the beach, where the athlete called her "my little princess."
Emeline Miller is remembered by her mother, professional volleyball player Morgan Beck, along with her siblings, 10-year-old Neesyn Dacey and 5-year-old Samuel Bode, in addition to her father. She was born on November 5th, 2016. In a social media address announcing the baby's birth in late 2016, Bode Miller admitted that his youngest child was named after his own grandmother.
Bode Miller is recognized as the most decorated male skier in U.S. history. He holds 33 World Cup wins to his name, along with four world championships, six Olympic medals and two overall titles. Miller was the oldest alphine skiier to win a medal in 2014, during the 2014 Sochi Games. He was 36 at the time. He is now 40. Bode Miller married Morgan Beck in 2012. We'll keep you posted on the latest developments in this tragic story here at CinemaBlend. We also wish to express our own condolences to Bode Miller, his family and everyone who is grieving over this difficult loss at this moment in time.
Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.
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