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Mike Whitmarsh, former beach volleyball Olympian, dies at 46

This file photo shows Kent Steffes of the United States spiking the ball against countryman Mike Whitmarsh during their beach volleyball finals at the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. Whitmarsh, a 1996 Olympic silver medalist in beach volleyball, killed himself through carbon monoxide poisoning in the garage of a friend's home, officials said on Feb. 18, 2009. He was 46.
This file photo shows Kent Steffes of the United States spiking the ball against countryman Mike Whitmarsh during their beach volleyball finals at the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. Whitmarsh, a 1996 Olympic silver medalist in beach volleyball, killed himself through carbon monoxide poisoning in the garage of a friend's home, officials said on Feb. 18, 2009. He was 46. (AP photo)
Mike Whitmarsh, a 1996 Olympic silver medalist in beach volleyball, killed himself through carbon monoxide poisoning in the garage of a friend's home, officials said on Wednesday. He was 46.

His body was found on Tuesday at a home in Solana Beach, just north of San Diego, said San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell. The medical examiner's office said an autopsy showed Whitmarsh committed suicide with carbon monoxide from car exhaust.

Whitmarsh teamed with Mike Dodd to take the silver medal in the inaugural beach volleyball competition at the Atlanta Olympics. The team lost to Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes in an all-U.S. final.

Whitmarsh was survived by his wife, Cindy, and two daughters.


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