ORLANDO, Fla. — The world of athletics is in mourning following the tragic passing of Tori Bowie, the esteemed American sprinter and Olympic champion. An autopsy report has revealed that Bowie succumbed to complications arising from childbirth.
The report, released by the Orlando Medical Examiner‘s office, provides harrowing details surrounding Bowie’s untimely demise. The 32-year-old athlete, who won three medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, was discovered lifeless in her secure residence last month. The autopsy findings indicate that Bowie, who was believed to be approximately eight months pregnant, displayed signs of being in labor when she was found on May 2. The report identified potential complications, including respiratory distress and eclampsia, ultimately concluding that her death was of natural causes.
Authorities from the Orange County Sheriff‘s Office responded to concerns raised in early May when a woman in her 30s had not been seen or heard from for several days. The woman was later identified as Frentorish “Tori” Bowie. Toxicology reports came back negative, and it was revealed that Bowie had a medical history that included bipolar disorder.
Bowie’s remarkable journey in the world of athletics began in Mississippi, where she was raised by her grandmother. Initially drawn to basketball, it was only reluctantly that she pursued track and field during her teenage years. However, her undeniable talent quickly propelled her to become an elite sprinter and long jumper. Bowie went on to attend Southern Mississippi University, where she achieved tremendous success, sweeping the long jump NCAA championships in both the indoor and outdoor events in 2011.
The pinnacle of Bowie’s career came at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she left an indelible mark. She claimed the silver medal in the 100-meter race and the bronze in the 200-meter race. Additionally, Bowie played an instrumental role as the anchor leg of the 4×100 relay team, alongside Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, and English Gardner, helping them secure the gold medal.
A year later, Bowie continued to shine, emerging victorious in the 100-meter event at the 2017 World Championships in London. She also played a pivotal role in securing another gold medal for the 4×100 relay team.
The news of Bowie’s passing has sent shockwaves through the athletics community, with tributes pouring in for the accomplished and talented sprinter. Her remarkable achievements on the track will forever be remembered, and her legacy will continue to inspire future generations of athletes.