Olympic skier Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan Beck Miller, have opened up about the loss of their 19-month old daughter Emeline for the first time in an interview with Savannah Guthrie on the “Today Show” Friday.
“It’s unbelievable quick,” the former Olympic skier said in a preview of the interview with Guthrie. “You’d think it’d be some weird circumstance or some strange thing. And it’s not. It just happens in the blink of an eye.”
Emeline died last month after falling into a pool at a neighbor’s house in Orange County, California. She was transferred to nearby Mission Hospital and pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
“A child under 30 pounds can drown in 30 seconds,” Morgan Beck Miller said, her voice breaking. “And I just keep counting to 30 in my head. That was all I needed.”
Both parents initially shared the heartbreaking news on social media.
“We are beyond devastated. Our baby girl, Emmy, passed away yesterday. Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this. Her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten,” Miller wrote.
We are beyond devastated. Our baby girl, Emmy, passed away yesterday. Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this. Her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten. Our little girl loved life and lived it to it’s fullest everyday. Our family respectfully requests privacy during this painful time.
On “Today,” Beck Miller encouraged parents to take a close look at their surroundings whenever they visit someone’s home.
“Survey the home to see if it’s a safe place for your child to be,” she said.