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Olympic Skier Bode Miller's Toddler Daughter Drowns in Pool

Miller asked for privacy for the family in his Instagram post

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    Death of Bode Miller’s Daughter Puts Focus on Drowning Risks

    The accidental drowning of Olympic skier Bode Miller's daughter is an example of what happens every day: CDC data shows that drowning is leading cause of unintentional death among children. (Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018)

    The 19-month-old daughter of U.S. Olympic skier Bode Miller drowned in a Southern California swimming pool, authorities said Monday.

    Emeline Miller died at an Orange County hospital Sunday, the day after paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive her after the drowning incident.

    "We are beyond devastated," Miller said in an Instagram post that showed several photos of the blonde, blue-eyed, chubby-cheeked toddler.

    In a video, Emmy, as she was known, was being kissed on the check by her mother Morgan as she repeatedly said, "Hi Dada."

    One photo showed her covered in suds in a tub and another showed her smiling as she pushed two baby dolls in a pink stroller on a street with large homes in the background.

    "Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this," Miller said in the post. "Her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten. Our little girl loved life and lived it to its fullest every day."

    The death was under investigation, Orange County sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Braun said.

    Paramedics were called to a home in the upscale enclave of Coto de Caza just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday, said Capt. Tony Bommarito of the Orange County Fire Authority.

    They tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the girl and rushed her to an emergency room, Bommarito said.

    "They had no pulses the whole way," Bommarito said. "It didn't end well."

    The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team tweeted its condolences to Miller and his family.

    Miller, a native of New Hampshire, is the most decorated male U.S. skier, with multiple World Cup wins. He won one gold, three silver and two bronze medals over three Olympic games.

    Miller asked for privacy for the family in his Instagram post.

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    Associated Press Writer John Rogers contributed to this story.