Bobsledder Steven Holcomb Had Alcohol, Sleeping Pills in System at Time of Death

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2017

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 27:  Bobsledder Steven Holcomb poses for a portrait during the Team USA PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics portraits on April 27, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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A toxicology report on former U.S. Olympic bobsledder Steven Holcomb showed he had alcohol and sleeping pills in his system when he was found dead in his bed at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, on May 6.

According to documents obtained by the Associated Press' Tim Reynolds, the toxicology report confirmed Holcomb had a blood-alcohol level of 0.188 and ingested a high dosage of the sleeping aid Lunesta prior to his death. 

"Steven’s passing is a tragedy and we are devastated to lose him," Holcomb's family said in a statement, per Reynolds. "Steven was an amazing son and brother who was loved and cherished by his family, his friends, the bobsled community and all the communities he touched around the world."

Holcomb, 37, is among the most decorated bobsled stars in U.S. Olympic history. 

In 2010, Holcomb led a four-man bobsled team that took home a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He also captured two bronze medals at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.