The Olympic star’s younger brother, snowboarder Chelone Miller was found dead in a van near the mountains in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. Authorities are investigating his death, but foul play is not suspected — read on for more details.
Olympic skier Bode Miller‘s family suffered an immense tragedy after his younger brother Chelone Miller, 29, was found dead in a van near the mountains in California late on April 7.
Chelone Miller Dead: Found Unresponsive
According to the statement about his death, the sheriff’s office dispatch received a call around 12:45 p.m. on April 7 about an unresponsive male in a vehicle. Emergency vehicles were then sent to Chelone’s van, which was parked in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., and emergency workers found the young snowboarder unresponsive.
After authorities arrived on scene, “it was determined that Mr. Miller was deceased,” the statement read.
Officials confirmed his death on April 8 in a statement, which revealed that the cause of death is still under investigation — but foul play is not believed to be a cause.
Chelone Miller’s History Of Seizures
The snowboarder, who was an aspiring Olympic athlete like his brother, had a history of seizures after he experienced a motorcycle crash in 2005 and was left in a coma for 11 days.
US Ski & Snowboard Association Releases Statement
Bill Marolt, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President, released a statement on the team’s website about Chelon’s tragic death:
“Chelone Miller was an aspiring elite athlete who had made great progress as a snowboardcross rider this past season. We are all deeply saddened at the news of his death and extend our condolences to the entire Miller family.”
Such a tragedy. Our thoughts are with the Miller family during this difficult time.
WATCH: Tribute to Late Freestyle Snowboarder Chelone Miller
— Christina Stiehl