Former American swimming champion Jamie Cail’s sudden demise earlier this year in her U.S. Virgin Islands home has been attributed to an accidental drug overdose, as revealed by the results of her autopsy.
The autopsy’s toxicology findings indicated that Jamie Cail, 42 years old and originally from New Hampshire, passed away due to “fentanyl intoxication with aspiration of gastric content,” as stated by the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department.
The official statement from the police department clarified that the “Manner of death is Accidental,” referring to a report dated August 22 from the medical examiner’s office.
Specifics regarding the circumstances of Cail’s death, such as whether she intentionally consumed the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl or if her exposure to the drug was incidental, have not been disclosed by the police.
In response to Cail’s passing on St. John, the Criminal Investigation Bureau of the police department initiated an inquiry.
Cail’s partner, whose identity has been protected by the authorities, informed investigators that upon returning from a bar to their residence shortly after midnight on February 21, he discovered Cail unresponsive. The initial statement from the police recounted the discovery: “Upon his arrival, he discovered his girlfriend on the floor.”
After finding Cail in distress, the boyfriend promptly sought help, rushing her to the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center. Regrettably, she was declared deceased at the health center.
Originally hailing from Claremont, New Hampshire, Jamie Cail had a prominent background in swimming and was a celebrated athlete during her youth, according to her family’s account to WMUR, an affiliate of ABC stationed in Manchester.
During her teenage years, Cail was an integral member of a relay team that clinched a gold medal at the 1997 Pan Pacific Championships, as reported by SwimSwam.com, an online hub for swimming-related news.
Moreover, Cail was part of the women’s swim team at the University of Maine during the 2000-2001 academic year, according to information from the university’s alumni association.