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Olympic Medalist Tori Bowie’s Death Linked to Childbirth Complications

June 14, 2023 | By Kali Girl

According to an autopsy report obtained by USA TODAY Sports, Tori Bowie, a world champion sprinter and three-time Olympic medalist, passed away due to childbirth-related complications. The report, issued by the Orange County (Fla.) Medical Examiner Office, revealed that Bowie was estimated to be 8 months pregnant and in labor when she tragically died in May.

The examination indicated the presence of a “well-developed fetus.” Medical authorities suggested that Bowie experienced potential complications, including respiratory distress and eclampsia, a condition characterized by seizures caused by a sudden rise in blood pressure during pregnancy, as described by the Cleveland Clinic.

“Eclampsia typically occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy. It’s rare and affects less than 3% of people with preeclampsia. Eclampsia can cause complications during pregnancy and requires emergency medical care,” the Cleveland Clinic says.

Olympic sprinter Bowie’s untimely demise has sent shockwaves through the track and field community. The 32-year-old athlete was discovered lifeless in her Winter Garden, Florida residence on May 2. Authorities made the unfortunate discovery while performing a welfare check at her home, after receiving reports a woman in her early 30s “had not been seen or heard from in several days,” according to Orange County (Fla.) Sheriff deputies.

“We’ve lost a client, dear friend, daughter and sister,” Icon Management Inc., the sports agency that represented Bowie, wrote on Twitter. “Tori was a champion…a beacon of light that shined so bright! We’re truly heartbroken and our prayers are with the family and friends.”

Bowie achieved remarkable success at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, securing three medals. She claimed silver in the 100-meter dash and bronze in the 200-meter event. Notably, Bowie played a crucial role as the anchor in the women’s 4×100 relay, where Team USA triumphed and clinched the gold.

Bowie further established herself as a world champion in both the women’s 100-meter and 4×100 relay events by the conclusion of 2017.

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