Snowboard - Bode Miller's sadness at snowboarder brother's death

Olympic champion skier Bode Miller has spoken of his sadness after brother Chelone, a promising snowboarder, was found dead near a ski resort in California on Sunday.

Snowboard - Bode Miller's sadness at snowboarder brother's death

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Bode Miller with volleyball player wife Morgan Beck (Imago)

'Chilly' Miller, 29, was found dead in a van outside a friend's home in Mammoth Lakes in California. He had been living in the van.

"He loved life so much; it made him easy to love and easy to be around," Bode told The Ski Channel.

"I’m going to miss him a lot."

Chelone had apparently suffered a seizure. He had a history of such problems ever since a 2005 motorcycle crash in his home state of New Hampshire which put him in a coma for 11 days and caused him to lose his memory for a month afterwards. On one occasion, he had a seizure while on a chairlift and fell 25 feet.

Foul play is not suspected.

He won the Rahlves Banzai Tour overall title after winning at Sugar Bowl in Californi last month and was eyeing a spot in the USA's snowboardcross team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

US Ski and Snowboard Association president Bill Marolt said: "Chelone Miller was an aspiring elite athlete who had made great progress as a snowboardcross rider this past season.

"We are all deeply saddened at the news of his death and extend our condolences to the entire Miller family."

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