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Cause Of Death Determined For U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist

Three-time Olympic medalist Steven Holcomb was found dead over a month ago.

In May, U.S. bobsledder Steven Holcomb was found dead in his room at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. An autopsy revealed the details surrounding his death.

According to a report from the Associated Press, Holcomb had prescription sleeping pills and alcohol in his system at the time of his death.

From the report:

Olympic bobsledding champion Steven Holcomb had prescription sleeping pills and alcohol in his system when he was found dead last month, according to a toxicology report provided to his family and USA Bobsled and Skeleton.

Holcomb's blood-alcohol level was found to be 0.188, well above the threshold for intoxication. He also had more than the typical dosage of the sleeping aid Lunesta in his system, and the report indicated that combination was fatal for the bobsledder who was found in his bed at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, on May 6.

Holcomb competed for Team USA in three Olympic Winter Games, winning gold in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in the four-man bobsled. It marked the first U.S. gold medal in the event since 1948. Holcomb doubled up at the Sochi Olympics, winning two bronze medals in the two-man and four-man bobsled.

Our thoughts are with the Holcomb family at this tragic time.

[MSN]