How heartbreaking. USA Fencing lost a member of its Olympic family recently when Kamara James, who experienced some mental health challenges during her lifetime, passed away in Modesto, California.
Kamara James, who represented Team USA in fencing at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, passed away in Modesto, California at the age of 29.
Kamara James Dead: Olympic Fencer Dies At 29 — So Sad
USA Fencing posted the heartbreaking news on their official website, as well as their social media accounts, Tuesday, Oct. 14, but it’s unclear when Kamara actually passed away.
USA Fencing President Don Anthony issued the following statement:
“Kamara James was one of the brightest, precocious, self-assured young people I ever met. From her time as a very young fencer at the Peter Westbrook Foundation to her years at Princeton as an accomplished Olympian she remained warm, caring and confident. Kamara’s untimely passing leaves our fencing community very saddened and her spirit, charm and wit will be dearly missed.”
Kamara James Experienced Some Mental Health Challenges
It’s unclear how Kamara died, but a post by Eric Rosenberg on Fencing.net, claims Kamara experienced some mental health challenges.
“Unfortunately, mental illness proved Kamara’s most unrelenting adversary. Still, just prior to her death, she had resumed a stable drug regimen, was living comfortably and had begun thinking about the future.”
This is such sad news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kamara’s family and friends during this difficult time.