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Olympic star's 19-month-old daughter dies in tragic pool accident

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 12, 2018
07:19 A.M.

Former professional skier Bode Miller recently announced that he lost his daughter. The athlete took to social media to reveal the tragic news.

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In an Instagram post, Bode shared that his daughter died on Sunday. According to reports, the little girl got into a neighbors pool and drowned.

Bode's daughter Emeline Grier Miller, 19-months-old, died on Sunday after a pool accident. In his Instagram post, the star wrote, ‘Her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten. Our little girl loved life and lived it to it’s fullest everyday.’

He then asked for privacy for his family during their time of mourning. As part of his post, the skier also shared a gallery of photos and video of his daughter.

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The Orange County Coroner's Office revealed that Emeline had died at the hospital. A source close to the Millers said they were at a neighbor's party on Sunday when the toddler got in the pool somehow.

It’s not clear how long she was in the pool. The Orange County Fire paramedics rushed to the scene and tried to save her with CPR.

‘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.’

Bode Miller, Instagram, June 11, 2018

Bode, 40, and his wife, beach volleyball player Morgan Beck, welcomed Emiline on November 5, 2016. The couple also has a son, Edward Nash Skan Miller, 3.

The athlete has a daughter, Neesyn Dace, 10, from a relationship with Chanel Johnson. He also has another son Samuel Nathaniel, 5, with Sara Cantrell.

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Bode has six Olympic medals, including a gold in Super Combined at the 2010 Vancouver Games. He retired last year, before the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. He covered the skiing events as a commentator for NBC for the South Korean games.

During his time in South Korea for the Olympics, Bode shared several photos of his family while being away from them. One image was of Emeline reclining on a carpet.

The Olympian captioned the image by sharing that he couldn’t wait to get home to his little princess. At the time he’d stated that she was waiting patiently.

For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa.

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