The previous Olympic and world champion sprinter Tori Bowie died in her dwelling because of issues from childbirth, in accordance with an post-mortem report obtained by USA Today Sports.
The 32-year-old was discovered lifeless at her dwelling in Orlando, Florida, in Could after the native sheriff’s division attended “a well-being verify of a girl … who had not been seen or heard from in a number of days.” A reason behind demise was not launched on the time. Bowie’s online obituary stated she was predeceased by a daughter, Ariana.
In keeping with the report from Orange County Medical Examiner Workplace, Bowie was eight months pregnant and within the technique of giving delivery when she died. It’s unclear if buddies or household knew she was pregnant.
The report says potential causes of demise included respiratory misery and eclampsia. Eclampsia is a uncommon complication of pre-eclampsia and can cause seizures and strokes.
Broadcaster BET responded to the post-mortem by highlighting the difficulties Black ladies in America face throughout being pregnant. US-born Black ladies experience far higher rates of pre-eclampsia than these from different backgrounds.
“Black ladies die at exceedingly increased charges because of pregnancy-related issues,” BET wrote on its Twitter account. “We face a a lot increased threat of maternal demise because of varied causes together with continual stress and implicit bias from well being care suppliers. There may be a lot work to be achieved to correctly shield and advocate for Black ladies’s well being.”
Bowie gained three gold medals on the worldwide stage for the US. Her first got here as a part of the USA 4x100m relay staff on the 2016 Olympics. 2017 was much more profitable: she added one other relay gold on the World Athletics Championships in London and gained particular person gold within the 100m, beating Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josée Ta Lou in a photograph end.
“I had no thought. All I knew was I needed to provide it every thing I’ve obtained,” Bowie stated after her victory. “Am I actually world champion?”
Bowie was born and raised in Mississippi. She performed basketball as a woman earlier than her expertise on the monitor turned obvious: she gained state titles within the 100m, 200m and lengthy leap.
“I bear in mind simply racing in all places as a toddler, like within the timber, wherever … I raced on a regular basis,” she advised the Guardian in 2017.
She gained two different Olympics medals: a silver and bronze within the 100m and 200m respectively in Rio in 2016. In keeping with her obituary she had been learning music at Full Sail College previous to her demise, and had additionally labored with underpriviliged kids.
“I want you would really feel how a lot respect I’ve for Tori Bowie,” her USA teammate, English Gardner, advised the Guardian after Bowie’s demise. “I want you would really feel how superb of a competitor she was.”