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Former American swimming champion dies suddenly at 42 in US Virgin Islands: 'She had a huge heart'
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Former American swimming champion dies suddenly at 42 in US Virgin Islands: 'She had a huge heart'

A former American swimming champion died suddenly in the U.S. Virgin Islands at the age of 42. The U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department has launched an investigation into the sudden death of Jamie Cail.

Cail's boyfriend – who was not identified by police – said he left a bar around midnight on Tuesday and returned to the residence he shared with Cail, according to authorities. The boyfriend found Cail unresponsive in their home.

"Upon his arrival, he discovered his girlfriend on the floor," police said, according to ABC News.

The boyfriend and a friend reportedly rushed Cail to the Myrah Keating-Smith Clinic in a private car. CPR was administered to Cail, but it was too late.

The U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department said in a statement, "On Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at approximately 2:39 a.m., detectives were notified of a dead on arrival (D.O.A) case at the Myrah Keating-Smith Clinic on St. John."

Police said Cail "succumbed to her ailment," but did not specify what the malady was.

Cail – a native of Claremont, New Hampshire – was a star swimmer in her youth.

As a teenager, Cail won a gold medal at the U.S. team at the Pan Pacific Championships in 1997. She also won a silver medal at the 1998-1999 World Aquatics Swimming World Cup in Brazil. Cail also set several school records at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida.

Cail worked at a local coffee shop in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and allegedly made an impact on the community before her unexpected death.

A friend told WMUR-TV, "She was just… a very beautiful person. She had a huge heart. She was really loving and kind and well-loved and popular on the island and everybody knows her."

"Everyone from the you know, older generational, local families to the younger people, everybody loved her," Cail's friend said.

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