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Fmr. US swim champ dies suddenly at 42

The American flag. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol)
February 27, 2023

Former American swimming champion Jamie Cail died suddenly at age 42 in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday, authorities said.

The U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department has launched an official investigation into her sudden death. According to police, her unidentified boyfriend left a bar around midnight on Tuesday and returned to the home he shared with Cail to find her lying on the floor unresponsive.

According to ABC News, authorities stated, “Upon his arrival, he discovered his girlfriend on the floor.”

CPR was administered to Cail after being rushed to the Myrah Keating-Smith Clinic in a car by her friend and boyfriend. However, it was too late and Cail was pronounced dead at the clinic.

“On Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at approximately 2:39 a.m., detectives were notified of a dead on arrival (D.O.A) case at the Myrah Keating-Smith Clinic on St. John,” the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department said in a statement.

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Authorities stated that Cail “succumbed to her ailment,” but did not specify any further.

According to Blaze Media, Cail was a native of Claremont, New Hampshire, and a star swimmer in her youth.

While still a teenager, she won a gold medal representing the U.S. team at the Pan Pacific Championships in 1997 and achieved a silver medal at the 1998-1999 World Aquatics Swimming World Cup in Brazil.

According to WMUR-TV, a friend stated, “She was just… a very beautiful person. She had a huge heart. She was really loving and kind and well-loved and popular on the island and everybody knows her.”

“Everyone from the you know, older generational, local families to the younger people, everybody loved her,” the friend added.