Olympic medalist track star Tori Bowie died in May at 32 from complications of childbirth

June 13, 2023
Ben Marquis

Three-time 2016 Olympic medalist U.S. track star Tori Bowie unexpectedly passed away in early May from an unknown cause.

It has since been revealed that the 32-year-old sprinter died at her home in Florida due to complications from childbirth, E! News reported.

Bowie had been discovered dead on May 2 by local law enforcement conducting a welfare check after family members expressed concerns that they hadn't heard from her for several days.

Died during childbirth

TMZ reported this week that Bowie, who had been eight months pregnant with a baby girl, had been "undergoing labor" and died due to childbirth complications, according to a coroner's report.

It remains unclear how long she had been deceased when Orange County Sheriff's deputies entered her home and found her body in bed.

Notably, per E! News, it had been quickly determined by law enforcement at the time of her death in May that there had been "no signs of foul play" at Bowie's home.

A major Olympic star athlete

NBC News reported on May 3 that Bowie, a Mississippi native and self-proclaimed "small-town-country-girl" who lived in Winter Garden, Florida, had become an Olympic star athlete when she won three medals while competing on behalf of the U.S. in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro.

That included a gold medal as the anchor leg of the U.S. Women's 4x100-meter relay team, along with a silver medal in the individual 100-meter dash and a bronze medal in the individual 200-meter dash.

In winning that gold medal, Bowie gave all the credit to her squadmates -- Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, and English Gardner -- and said after the race, "I had the easiest job of all. My teammates brought me the stick, and all I had to do was bring it to the finish line."

Bowie also won a gold medal in the 100-meter dash the following year at the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London. At that moment, per TMZ, she was named the fastest woman in the world as she won that race with a record-setting time of 10.85 seconds.

Friends and colleagues saddened by loss

After her death was revealed in early May, condolences swiftly poured in from teammates and friends, as well as the agency that represented her and the organization she raced on behalf of.

USA Track & Field said in a Twitter post, "USATF is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Tori Bowie, a three-time Olympic medalist and two-time world champion. Her impact on the sport is immeasurable, and she will be greatly missed."

On Instagram, Icon Management Inc. wrote, "We’re devastated to share the very sad news that Tori Bowie has passed away. We’ve lost a client, dear friend, daughter and sister. Tori was a champion … a beacon of light that shined so bright! We’re truly heartbroken and our prayers are with the family, friends and everyone that loved her,"

The agency added, "As the story continues to develop, we ask that you please respect our privacy."

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