Three-time US Olympic medalist Tori Bowie died of childbirth-related complications, her manager confirmed.
Bowie dies at home in Florida, aged 32 early may.
Her representative, Kimberly Holland, confirmed Tuesday that she was in labor at the time of her death.
“Unfortunately, a lot of people, including the media, are speculating about what she did to herself, and it hurts,” Ms. Holland told CBS News.
“So hopefully, now that the truth is known, there will be a lot of people apologizing.”
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Born in Mississippi, Bowie was part of the U.S. 4x100m relay team that won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She also won individual 100-meter silver and 200-meter bronze.
Bowie became the 100m world champion in 2017 after winning gold in the London event.
Responding to news of her death at the time, two-time world 200m champion and U.S. record holder Noah Lyles tweeted: “My heart breaks to hear and my family is in my prayers.”
Jamaican three-time Olympic champion Shirley Ann Fraser-Price wrote: “My heart breaks for Tory Bowie’s family. They were great competitors and a source of light. Your energy and smiles Will be with me forever. Rest in peace.”