Authorities are investigating the sudden and fairly mysterious death of former U.S. swimmer Jamie Cail in the Virgin Islands, searching for clues into what may have happened.
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Cail, 42, was discovered unresponsive in the home of her boyfriend on the island of St. John. She was taken to the hospital at 2:49 a.m., where she was pronounced dead, police said.
The cause remains unknown.
According to police, Cail’s boyfriend returned home after an evening out at about midnight, when he found her lying unresponsive on the floor of their shared home. The boyfriend and friend took her to the hospital, where she died after “succumbing to an ailment,” officials said. No further details were provided.
Cail was a native of New Hampshire and was a member of a relay team at the 1997 Pan Pacific Championships. She also was a member of the swim team at the University of Maine.
She then went on to win the silver medal in the 800 freestyle at the 1998-99 FINA Swimming World Cup in Brazil as a member of the US Swimming National B Team. Cail was considered one of America’s best high school swimmers in the 1990s.
Very sad to hear that my hs friend and teammate, Jamie Cail (in the middle with the Bolles suit), has passed away. Jamie had an unmatched work ethic. She left everything in each practice and became a world class distance swimmer through grit. Rest in peace to a real one 😞 pic.twitter.com/IZ1lE4U2IS— Jooyoung Lee🥋 (@theyoungjoo) February 22, 2023
“She was just a very beautiful person,” a friend said, via the New York Post. “She had a huge heart. She was really loving and kind and well-loved and popular on the island and everybody knows her.”
USA Swimming also released a statement.
“USA Swimming is saddened to hear of Jamie Cail’s passing. Jamie was a proud member of our National Teams in the late 1990s and was a cherished teammate,” Lindsay Mintenko, managing director of the National Team, said. “We extend our condolences to Jamie’s friends and family.”