Winter Olympian and professional skier Bode Miller’s 19-month-old daughter, Emmy, died last Sunday in California after drowning in a pool, authorities shared.
“We are beyond devastated,” Bode wrote in an Instagram post.
A representative from the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) shared that Morgan Beck Miller, Bode’s wife and professional beach volleyball player, was with her daughter at a neighbor’s house around 6:30 PM Saturday night when Emmy “got out of sight for a short time.” Morgan found her in the pool, immediately pulled her out, called 911, and initiated CPR.
The OCFA shared that when paramedics and firefighters arrived, they began life-saving measures. Emmy was transported to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California.
On Monday night, Bode and Morgan confirmed little Emmy’s death. The two shared with their fans on Instagram the devastating news and asked for privacy.
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.
“Our baby girl, Emmy, passed away yesterday. Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this,” Bode wrote. “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.”
The couple also posted on Tuesday morning an Instagram post thanking people for their support.
The OCFA shared that Orange County is one of the leading counties in the nation for drowning. In 2017, there were 98 drowning incidents — 42 of them being fatal.
“These types of calls are always tragic for everybody: the family, the neighbors, the community, the firefighters and paramedics that responded,” OCFA Captain Steve Concialdi said. “Our hearts break for this family, for the neighbors, and for the community.”
Our thoughts are with the Miller family during this devastating time.