Her fans were baffled when two-time Olympics equestrian Amy Tryon died in her sleep at her Duval home in April. The ex-fire fighter who went on to become one of the country's top riders suffered from career injuries but, at age 42, seemed otherwise healthy. Now the King County Medical Examiner's office has determined she died from a lethal combination of opiates, ruling the death an accidental overdose of drugs she apparently took for pain.
The news comes, coincidentally, just weeks after the accidental death of Tryon's Olympics team doctor, who fell from a horse.
A county toxicology report states Tryon died of "acute combined opiate" overdose, according toThe Seattle Times. Drugs present in her system at the time of her death consisted of Oxycodone, a semi-synthetic opioid, diphenhydramine, an ingredient in over-the-counter cold and allergy medications, and several benzodiazepines: Alprazolam, Diazepam, Lorazepam and Temazepam.
The medical examiner did not give a reason for the amount or combination of drugs she was taking. Her family has said that she had cut back from riding competition in recent years due to back and knee injuries she had suffered.
Tryon, a rider since the age of 8, died April 12. She earned her bronze in team eventing in the 2004 Athens Olympics. She also competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She was described by her family on Tryon's website as "intensely shy," but also "fiercely determined and focused. Nothing was insurmountable or preordained to her. She just wanted to see if she could..."
The website - now a memorial of sorts to Tryon whose death was recognized in ceremonies around the U.S. - was recently updated with condolences to the family of Dr. Craig Ferrell. The Vanderbilt University surgeon and doctor to U.S. Olympic athletes died May 28 from injuries sustained after falling off a horse while playing polo.
"His support and care of Amy over the years allowed her to not only continue to compete," the family states, "but to face the challenges of life."