Heartbroken Parents Speak Out After Olympic Medalist Takes Her Own Life

March 12, 2019Mar 12, 2019

A tragic story is making headlines this week after the death of a young Olympian for Team USA. According to reports, Kelly Catlin was found dead in her home at the age of only 23. Now, her cause of death is being revealed.

"Olympic track cyclist Kelly Catlin helped lead the U.S. to a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Games. On Friday, her family said she was found dead in her dorm room at Stanford University. Catlin, 23, killed herself on Thursday night, according to her father, Mark Catlin. It was reportedly her second suicide attempt since January," wrote Fox.

Now, Catlin's family is speaking out about the tragic event and sharing heartfelt memories about their beloved daughter.

“There isn’t a minute that goes by that we don’t think of her and think of the wonderful life she could have lived,” Mark Catlin wrote of his daughter “There isn’t a second in which we wouldn’t freely give our lives in exchange for hers. The hurt is unbelievable.”

He also said his daughter was a "warrior princess," and that "part of her undoing was her personal code. She gave 110 percent to whatever she was doing."

Catlin had a very successful experience during the 2016 games. She helped lead the women's cycling team to a silver medal. Catlin was also one of three siblings who were triplets. Her brother, Colin, has also opened up on her passing.

"A triplet, the graduate student's siblings took to social media following their sister's death to mourn her loss. Her brother, Colin Catlin, wrote she was 'the one person I had shared almost my. entire life with, and I shall miss her terribly.' He told The Post that, together, the triplets 'were a massive ball of energy,' and he 'could always see the three of us taking over the world.' Their sister, Christine Catlin, shared similar sentiments, saying: 'We were the Catlins, so we were this force,'" reported Fox.

The family went on to reveal that they noticed a huge change in their daughter this past January. They said she became very distant and would hardly speak to them. It was highly unusual for her and they wondered what had happened to her.

“She was suicidal, her thinking was really dark, and she had taken to nihilism. We called the police the moment we got the email and they got there in time to save her that time [from suicide]," her sister wrote, according to Fox.

Sadly, she was not able to be saved the second time. Please join us in praying for them as they endure this tragic time. We also pray for anyone around the world who is suffering from depression. May God heal their pain and lift their spirits in a way that only He can.

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