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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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6one9    

Ya big wimp!!!!
MAKES ME SICK WHEN PEOPLE KILL THEMSELVES!!
AND I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO THIS DOUCHE BAG````````WAS!!

1129 days ago
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Annie     

sad

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lanie    

Oh geesh. I am sorry to read this. That's awful.. Cue all the heartless a-holes who say it was selfish and weak.. yada yada yada.

Remember - he is gone. It is done and over.

His family and friends are probably reeling in pain right now. They don't need to see the hate!

1129 days ago
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JustaGuy    

I personally think it takes more balls than anything else you could possibly ever do in life.

He didn't want to be here, so he is not here anymore.

Now if people did it thinking after they die they continue to live on through the stupid fairytale religions they follow then I just feel sad for them.

For someone to choose to end it, kudo's and you have my respect.

1129 days ago
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Christy    

I live in Idaho and he's been arrested multiple times for drunk driving in our state. His last arrest in our state was in the past week for speeding while intoxicated. Seems like he had a lot of demons.

1129 days ago
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Rogue Warrior    

SO sad, I know 12 people who should go ahead and do this before him!

RIP Speedy!!

1129 days ago
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Ray     

Most likely he voted for Obama so he had to do the right thing

1129 days ago
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gigi    

So many death stories these past few weeks.

1129 days ago
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JustaGuy    

hey Lisa, hate to break it to you but with 7 BILLION people on this planet more than a few die every week.
If it makes you feel better your day is coming as well. :)

1129 days ago
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lanie    

Rogue Warrior less than a minute ago
SO sad, I know 12 people who should go ahead and do this before him!

RIP Speedy!!
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It's not nice to talk about Casey Anthony's jurors like that. Although they're totally ignorant and should be ashamed of themselves for allowing the baby killer to go free and become a millionaire -- it's still not right to wish death on them.

1129 days ago
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Steinberg    

now this is a tragedy. amy winehouse not so much

1129 days ago
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cindy    

6one9 That was just plain rude. Have you ever known a friend, or loved who committed suicide? Obviously not.

1129 days ago
13.

John Nepovietz    

Did anyone notice Claudine Longet skulking about?

1129 days ago
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fkeys    

RIP - I have to agree with another poster - it does take some balls to end ones life, as morbid as that sounds.

A little off topic, but can someone explain TMZ's business 'model'? As in, how does he pay the myriad of staff, plus the office space, the salary of lawyers, and buying photo's and vids.
Was TMZ created to sell to a network, or did TMZ exist, before selling the 30 minute show to a network(s)?

1129 days ago
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northern gypsy    

wow...what is up with that??? you'd think he'd had the good life !!!
goes to show you...you never really know what's going on...
my condolences to his family & close friends...

1129 days ago
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