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Bode Miller Brother Dies: Chelone Miller, 29, Found Dead In Van; How Did He Die?

By Staff Reporter, Posted: 04/09/13 09:35AM EDT
Chelone Miller
The younger brother of Olympic skier Bode Miller, Chelone, died on Sunday at age 29. He was found unresponsive in a van in the California mountains. Foul play is not suspected.(Photo : Facebook/Chelone Miller)

The younger brother of former Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller was found dead in a van close to the mountains of California according to the Daily Mail.

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Chelone Miller, 29, was unresponsive when emergency workers went to his van in the Mammoth Lakes area of California. The Mono County Sheriff's Office confirmed Miller's death on Monday and announced that no foul play was suspected. The office received a call Sunday afternoon informing them about a man who was not responded to calls in a van.

Miller had a history of suffering seizures after a 2005 motorcycle crash put him in a coma for 11 days.

Miller was aspiring to emulate his older brother Bode and qualify for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February. His discipline was snowboardcross and at the 2013 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, Miller finished fourth. Last month, Chelone won the Rahlves Banzai Tout overall title with a win in Sugar Bowl, California.

"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 news of his death and extend our condolences to the entire Miller family," U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President Bill Maroldt said in a statement on the association's website.

Bode Miller is a four-time Olympian and 2010 Winter Olympic gold medalist. He holds the record for U.S. men with 33 World Cup victories and was twice World Cup champion in 2005 and 2008. He has not raced this season in order to recover from knee surgery but plans to return next season and make a run at his fifth Olympic games.

Bode was a big partier early on in his career and admitted that his partying ways hampered his career. It was also revealed in 2006 on "60 Minutes" that he skied drunk before but it was not said whether he drunk skied during competitions.

"Talk about a hard challenge right there ... If you ever tried to ski when you're wasted, it's not easy," Miller told the news program. "Try and ski a slalom when ... you hit a gate less than every one second, so it's risky. You're putting your life at risk ... It's like driving drunk, only there are no rules about it in ski racing."

He later clarified his statements after U.S. Ski officials threaten to kick him of the team.



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