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PEOPLE.COM: Kamara James, Olympic Fencer Who Battled Schizophrenia, Dies at 29

10/21/2014, 4:45pm CDT
By Jeff Nelson

The following article appeared on on Oct. 21, 2014  ... 

Kamara James was special. Everyone around her knew it. 

"She had a spirit about her, an energy about her," says a longtime friend, Jean Goto. 

But on Sept. 20, the Olympic fencer was found dead in her apartment. 

While a spokesperson for the coroner tells PEOPLE the death is still under investigation, it does not appear suspicious, and suicide is not believed to be the cause. 

Quick Study

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, and raised by a single mom in a crime-ridden neighborhood of Queens, New York, James changed her own path at age 9 when she was introduced to fencing by the Peter Westbrook Foundation and took to the sport immediately. By her late teens, she was a world junior bronze medalist ... more>

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