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Tori Bowie's daughter's name revealed as cause of death confirmed as 'childbirth complications'

Olympic sprinter Tori Bowie was found dead at home in Florida. The Medical Examiner’s Office report explained the 32-year-old's cause of death

Tori Bowie of the United States celebrates winning gold in the Women's 100 Metres Final during day three of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 6, 2017
Melanie Macleod
Wellness Editor
13 June 2023
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Former Olympic sprinter Tori Bowie was found dead at home in Florida on 2 May, with the coroner's report explaining the cause of the 32-year-old's death.

According to the Medical Examiner’s Office report, the 100-meter world champion athlete was around eight months pregnant and in labor, with the report stating she died due to childbirth complications.

Her online obituary said she was pre-deceased by a daughter, Ariana.

Tori Bowie of the United States reacts after the Women's 100m heats during day two of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 © Getty
Tori Bowie was pre-deceased by her daughter, Ariana

Medical officials said that Tori suffered possible complications that included eclampsia and respiratory distress, according to USA Today.

Her passing was confirmed with a statement via Twitter from her management company, Icon Management.

READ: US Olympic Gold Medalist Tori Bowie dies aged 32 – details

"We're [devastated] to share the very sad news that Tori Bowie has passed away," they wrote, adding: "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 and friends."

Tori Bowie attends Sports Illustrated Fashionable 50 at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on July 12, 2018 in West Hollywood, California© Getty
Tori Bowie was an accomplished sportsperson

They shared the statement along with a photo of Tori smiling and making a heart with her hands, and condolences from fans quickly poured in. "My heart breaks for the family of Tori Bowie. A great competitor and source of light," one Twitter user wrote, as another added: "My condolences to the family of this talented athlete. Gone way too soon."

Was Tori Bowie married?

Tori had no known partner, and it was unclear whether her friends and family knew she was expecting a child, according to The Guardian.

Tori Bowie's background

Frentorish "Tori" Bowie was born on August 27, 1990 in Rankin County, Mississippi, and began competing for track while in high school.

According to The Associated Press, she was raised by her grandmother in the small town of Sandhill after she was left at a foster home.

Tori later attended college at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she "swept the long jump NCAA championships at the indoor and outdoor events in 2011," per AP. 

Tori Bowie of the United States competes in the Women's Long Jump final during day ten of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 © Getty
Tori Bowie was an Olympic champion

Her first major international medal was a 100-meter bronze in 2015, and after her victory, she said: "My entire life my grandmother told me I could do whatever I set my mind to."

She went on to help the US win gold in the 100-meter relay at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, achieving silver in the 100-meter and bronze in the 200-meter. She last competed in June 2022.

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