AceShowbiz - Tori Bowie is said to have been heavily pregnant when she died. The 32-year-old U.S. sprinter, who won gold at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, was found dead at her home in Florida this week, and it is now said she was in the late stages of pregnancy at the time of her death.
Mail Online has reported multiple neighbors said she appeared to be "around seven or eight months pregnant" when she died. One of the neighbours is said to have claimed Tori looked like she had "half a basketball under her shirt."
Her body was found at her Florida home on Tuesday, May 2, after a welfare check was carried out by Orange County deputies. Tori's passing was confirmed in a statement released by her management company the following day, which did not reveal any further details about her death.
It said, "We're devastated to share the very sad news that Tori Bowie has passed away. We’ve lost a client, dear friend, daughter and sister. Tori was a champion... a beacon of light that shined so bright! We're truly heartbroken and our prayers are with the family and friends."
Fellow U.S. sprinter Noah Lyles, 25, was among those to offer tributes to the late athlete, tweeting, "I can't believe this. I had just heard word of her going to be with her sister back home and now this. This breaksmy heart to hear and I will keep the family in my prayers."
Kenyan javelin thrower Julius Yego, 34, tweeted, "So devastating and shocking to learn of the passing on of Tori Bowie. The world of athletics have lost a great champion and patriot of the sport, rest in peace Tori. Condolences to the greater family of Tori Bowie, together in prayers."
Three-time Olympic champion sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, 36, added the tribute, "My heart breaks for the family of Tori Bowie. A great competitor and source of light. Your energy and smile will always be with me. Rest in peace."
And message shared by World Athletics on Instagram added their condolences for the loss of the track star. It said, "World Athletics is deeply saddened by the passing of Tori Bowie, the 2017 world 100m champion and multiple Olympic medallist. Condolences go out to her family and friends."
Tori took a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships and qualified for the US team heading to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro City, where she picked up gold as part of the 4x100m relay team. She also added a silver medal in the 100-metre sprint, plus a bronze in the 200-metres.
A year later she picked up another gold in the relay at the World Athletics Championships in London and as well as an individual gold in the 100 metres. Speaking after her success in London, she said of her victory, "I had no idea. All I knew was I wanted to give it everything I've got. Am I really world champion?"
Away from her sporting success, she also dabbled with modelling and starred in a campaign for Valentino and posing for ESPN The Magazine's "Body Issue".