The 19-month-old daughter of US Winter Olympic legend Bode Miller has drowned in a Southern California swimming pool.
Paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive Emeline Miller after the incident at an Orange County home.
“We are beyond devastated,” Miller said in an Instagram post that showed several photos of the chubby-cheeked toddler.
In a video, Emmy, as she was known, was being kissed on the cheek by her mother Morgan, a professional beach volleyball player, as she repeatedly said “Hi Dada”.
“Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this,” Miller said in the post.
“Her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten. Our little girl loved life and lived it to its fullest every day.”
Paramedics were called to a home in the upscale enclave of Coto de Caza just before 6:30pm on Saturday (local time).
They tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the girl and rushed her to hospital.
“They had no pulses the whole way,” Captain Tony Bommarito of the Orange County Fire Authority said. “It didn’t end well.”
A spokewoman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said the death was under investigation.
The US Ski and Snowboard Team tweeted its condolences to Miller and his family.
Miller, 40, is the most decorated male US skier with 33 World Cup wins, two overall titles, four world championships and six Olympic medals, including gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games in the super-combined.
US Ski and Snowboard Team tweets It is with the utmost sadness that we learned today of the passing of @MillerBode’s daughter Emmy. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at U.S. Ski & Snowboard and across the whole snowsports
At the 2014 Sochi games, he was the oldest alpine skier — at age 36 — to win a medal.
Despite his skill on skis, he has been known at times for eye-raising comments and behaviour, claiming he had raced in a World Cup event while still drunk from partying the night before.
Bode Miller said he was ‘devastated’ at the loss of his daughter and asked for privacy. (AP: Brennan Linsley)
Miller, who has three other children, asked for privacy for the family in his Instagram post.