Former Olympic skier Bode Miller announced on Instagram that his 19-month-old daughter Emeline "Emmy" Grier Miller has died.
"We are beyond devastated," Miller said. "Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this. Her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten.”
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. Her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten. Our little girl loved life and lived it to it’s fullest everyday. Our family respectfully requests privacy during this painful time.
The Associated Press confirmed that Emeline Miller died at an Orange County hospital Sunday, the day after paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive her after a drowning incident.
Paramedics were called to a home in the upscale enclave of Coto de Caza just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday, said Capt. Tony Bommarito of the Orange County Fire Authority.
"Our little girl loved life and lived it to its fullest every day," Miller said.
Emmy was the youngest of the New Hampshire native's four children.
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The death was under investigation, Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carrie Braun said.
Paramedics tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the girl and rushed her to an emergency room, Bommarito said.
“They had no pulses the whole way,” Bommarito said. “It didn’t end well.”
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team tweeted its condolences to Miller and his family.
Miller is the most decorated male U.S. skier, with multiple World Cup wins. He won one gold, three silver and two bronze medals over three Olympic Games.
In his Instagram post, Miller asked for privacy for the family.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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