Video Tribute to Chelone ‘Chilly’ Miller 1983-2013.
On April 7, 2013 the snowboarding world lost a beloved member of it’s community. Chelone Miller was a professional snowboarder, and Mammoth Mountain team rider. Our thoughts go out to Bode Miller and his family for their loss. This video was put together by The Ski Channel in honor of Chelone. Chelone and his brother Bode Miller had starred in a Ski Channel Film “The Story“.
Full story at The Ski Channel here
News from the Associated Press April 9, 2013:
Olympic gold medal skier Bode Miller has spoken about the pain of learning his younger brother was found dead from an apparent seizure in a van close to the mountains in California. “He loved life so much; it made him easy to love and easy to be around,” Bode told The Ski Channel shortly after learning about Chelone Miller’s passing. “I’m going to miss him a lot.” Chelone, who was an Olympics hopeful in snowboarding and had competed with the best from around the world, was unresponsive when emergency workers found him in Mammoth Lakes.
Officials were called after Miller, 29, whose nickname was ‘Chilly’, was first discovered by a close friend around 12:45 p.m. Sunday in the vehicle, which was parked outside the friend’s home. Miller had been living in the van, ESPN reported. The Mono County Sheriff’s Office confirmed his death Monday in a statement and said that while the cause of death was being investigated, foul play was not suspected.
Paramedics, the fire department and deputies were sent to the scene, whereupon arrival “it was determined that Mr. Miller was deceased”, the statement said. The US Olympic Snowboarding team said in a statement he died from “an apparent seizure.” Miller had a history of seizures following a 2005 motorcycle crash that left him in a coma for 11 days. He also lost his memory for one month after the accident near his hometown in New Hampshire. Miller once suffered a seizure while on a chairlift and fell 25 feet onto his back. He was well-known in his adopted home town of Mammoth Lakes, where he was admired for his bravery and dedication to the potentially dangerous sport of snowboardcross. Miller, originally from Easton, NH, was hoping to make the US squad in snowboardcross for the 2014 Sochi Games.