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U.S. Olympic Skier Commits Suicide In Utah

7/26/2011 4:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jeret "Speedy" Peterson -- who won a silver medal for freestyle skiing for the U.S. in 2010 -- has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Utah ... officials have confirmed.

Jeret Peterson Suicide
Salt Lake County Unified Police told KTVB ... Peterson called cops to tell them where he was before he shot himself.  His body was discovered late Monday night.

Peterson was arrested last week in Idaho for speeding and DUI.

Jeret was a 3-time Olympian -- competing in 2002, 2006 and 2010 in Vancouver.

He was 29-years old.

Jeret was famous for his sick signature move called "the Hurricane" -- 3 somersaults and 5 twists. 072611_speedy_peterson_v2_still



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maggie    

He's an awful old looking 29...in fact, looks a little like bruce jenner

1194 days ago
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Rogue Warrior    

lanie, I wasn't talking about the jury!!!!!!! Far from it, THEY WERE RIGHT WITH THEIR VERDICT, try again!

1194 days ago
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Palm Beach, FL    

So very sad, my heart goes out to his family.

1194 days ago
19.

Lala    

Fkeys,

its called advertising - u don't see it all over this site??

Its called selling pictures and videos to other media entities to reprint by permission.

Harvey also gets paid whenever he makes appearances on behalf of TMZ.

1194 days ago
20.

Muppet    

Too young to die. RIP my heart goes out to his family and friends.
There's more to this story I think. A DUI and speeding ticket doesn't cause this severity of depression I wouldn't think.

1194 days ago
21.

gigi    

hey justaguy, i know my day will come. Everyone will and everyone knows that. It's just a reaction to recent celebrity news. Another one of these types. I have seen many deaths and births. First time in psych facility and majority is in for depression and want to kill themselves. So no need to remind of the obvious.

1194 days ago
22.

SSinOC    

If the guy was popped for DUI several times booze was taking over. With drugs or alcohol abuse your only option is to slide and in some cases it ends with death like this guy. RIP.

1194 days ago
23.

Straight Talkin Texan    

I'm sad that he was in so much pain and didn't choose a different road.

1194 days ago
24.

longbeachgal    

This is actually a really sad story. Men's Journal published an article about him last year detailing out his troubled childhood and turmoil in his adult life. Drugs, alcohol, depression, alleged sexual abuse, loss of a sister AND watching one of his best friends commit suicide (via gunshot to the head btw)are just some of the demons this young man faced.

It sounds like he was a very talented but very troubled man. May he find peace.

1194 days ago
25.

EarthAngel    

Depression is Hell on Earth...

1194 days ago
26.

speedy's friend    

RIP, Speedy. It makes me so sad to think of you out there, alone, and believing there was no other way. You'll be missed by so many.

1194 days ago
27.

Hello is anybody in there?    

R.I.P. Jeret "Speedy" Peterson.

1194 days ago
28.

John    

Only in Utah. Guns rights big issue there. You've got to be armed -- so you can off yourself.

1194 days ago
29.

stu    

Was he sober when he did those flips? Get on tat TMZ!

1194 days ago
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idahohunny    

My heart goes out to his mom and family. I just saw his mom a few weeks ago and she looked so pretty & at peace. So sorry about Speedy.

1194 days ago
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