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Three-time Olympic medalist Tori Bowie died from complications related to childbirth according to the autopsy report released June 12 by the office of the medical examiner in Orange County, Florida, where Bowie was residing. She was 32 years old and eight months pregnant when it was reported in early May that she had died. Her child, a daughter, was reported as stillborn.
This draws attention back to Black maternal mortality rates in the United States, a figure that lies at 69.9 per 100,000 live births for 2021—almost three times the rate for white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Bowie’s former agent Kimberly Holland told CBS News, “Unfortunately, so many people, including the media, are making speculations that she did something to herself, which is very hurtful. So hopefully, now knowing the truth, there will be many apologies.”
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Bowie won three medals with Team USA to secure her legacy as one of the world’s most dominant sprinters. She took silver in the 100-meter dash, earned a bronze in the 200 and then ran the anchor leg on the winning 400-meter relay that included Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, and English Gardner. Bowie went on to win gold in the 100 at the World Athletics Championships in London the following year, and then finished fourth in the long jump competition at the 2019 world championships.
In March 2018, Bowie was the cover athlete on Women’s Running print magazine celebrating her achievements as one of the best sprinters of all time in the U.S.