Autopsy Set for Olympic Skater Christopher Bowman
An autopsy is planned for this weekend, reports the Associated Press. It hasn't been determined whether the 40-year-old skater's death was accidental or suicide.
"He just passed away in his sleep," his mother, Joyce Bowman, told the Detroit Free Press. "His friend told me that he was fine. He just went to bed and didn't wake up."
But the life of the skater, who had also been a child actor (in commercials and for one season on Little House on the Prairie), wasn't all triple axels and toe loops. The two-time national champion had a history of cocaine abuse and mental illness.
"I stood by him because I knew he loved me," Bowman's girlfriend, April Freeman, told the Free Press. "He is the kindest, most caring and lost person I ever met."