Olympic skier Bode Miller's 19-month-old daughter has passed away in a tragic pool accident. Miller took to his Instagram account to confirm the death of his baby girl, Emeline or "Emmy", who was found unresponsive face down in a pool on Saturday evening while the family attended a celebration in Orange County.
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.
Various sources report that the couple was at a friend's house when the toddler wandered out of sight for a brief moment. When her mother, Miller's wife and professional volleyball player Morgan Beck Miller located her, the child was laying face down in the swimming pool. Her mother immediately pulled her out and began CPR until emergency services arrived on the scene. Authorities confirmed that Orange County firefighters were dispatched to the drowning in Coto de Caza on Saturday evening, where they immediately began advanced life support measures on Emmy.
It's believed that despite rigorous attempts by paramedics to resuscitate Emmy which continued en route to the hospital, she was unable to be revived. Bode Miller said he and his wife are "beyond devastated" at the loss of their daughter and are experiencing pain they could have never imagined. Morgan is currently pregnant with the couple's third child together, who is due in October of this year. The couple had announced the news just a couple of months ago, before the awful tragedy. They have also thanked their midwives for all of the support following the passing of their child.
Emeline Grier Miller was the youngest of Bode Miller's four children and the second with his wife Morgan, with whom he also shares a son. The couple wed in October of 2012, going on to have their son Nash in 2015 and daughter Emmy in 2016. The 19-month-old was reportedly named after Miller's grandmother.
It's not the first familial loss that the gold medallist skier has endured over the years, having lost his younger brother Chelone, who was a competitive snowboarder. After initially sustaining a traumatic brain injury in 2005 in a dirt-bike accident, the athlete suffered from seizures which led to his death at the age of 29 in 2013.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Miller family during this difficult time.