The baby daughter of Olympic skier Bode Miller drowned in a swimming pool at her Southern California home.
Emeline "Emmy" Miller, 19 months, died Sunday at a hospital in Orange County, authorities said, according to the Associated Press.
Miller revealed the news in a heartfelt Instagram post, where he asked for privacy during this difficult time.
"We are beyond devastated. Our baby girl, Emmy, passed away yesterday," he said in the post. "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."
Paramedics arrived at the house around 6:30 p.m. Saturday and couldn't resuscitate the girl. They rushed her to the hospital but she didn't have a pulse the whole way there, authorities said. She died the next day.
Authorities are investigating the death.
On Instagram, Miller expressed his love for his daughter.
"Our little girl loved life and lived it to it’s fullest everyday," Miller said in the post.
Condolences poured in on social media after the news, including a tweet from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team:
“It is with the utmost sadness that we learned today of the passing of Bode Miller’s daughter Emmy. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at U.S. Ski & Snowboard and across the whole snowsports world are with Bode, his wife Morgan and their family at this time.”
On Tuesday, Miller posted on Instagram again.
"Thank you for all the love and support," he said, and he included a link to a GoFundMe page to help with expenses.
Miller is a six-time Olympic medalist. He and his wife Morgan Beck are also parents of a 3-year-old boy named Nash, and Miller has two children from a previous relationship - Samuel, 5, and Neesyn, 10.
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