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June 19, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Olympic equestrian Amy Tryon of Duvall died from overdose

The death of two-time Olympic equestrian Amy Tryon was caused by an accidental opiate overdose, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Tryon, 42, of Duvall, won a bronze medal in team eventing in the 2004 Athens Olympics and had a reputation as a fierce competitor who overcame financial hardship and injuries to become one of the country’s finest riders. Tryon, who had also participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and worked as a firefighter for Eastside Fire and Rescue, died on April 12.

The medical examiner’s office ruled that Tryon’s death was accidental and said  Tuesday that toxicology reports show she died of an “acute combined opiate” overdose.  The office said toxicology tests showed that present in her system at the time of her death were Oxycodone, a semi-synthetic opioid, diphenhydramine, which is an ingredient in over-the-counter cold and allergy medications, and several benzodiazepines: Alprazolam, Diazepam, Lorazepam and Temazepam.

In recent years, Tryon had suffered knee and back injuries that forced her to cut back from riding.

She is survived by her husband of 16 years.

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