Olympic Cyclist Kelly Catlin's Family Planning Public Memorial After Shocking Suicide

Olympic cyclist Kelly catlin family planning public memorial after suicide
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Mar. 14 2019, Updated 2:43 p.m. ET

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The family of Olympic cyclist Kelly Catlin is currently planning a public memorial service to honor her life after her shocking suicide, RadarOnline.com has learned.

Kelly, 23, took her own life at her residence at Stanford University on March 8.

The athlete's twin sister, Christine Catlin, revealed to Radar on Wednesday that the family plans on holding a memorial to be open to the public to honor Kelly's life.

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The family then plans to hold a "private funeral" service limited to Kelly's loved ones, neighbors and fellow cyclists, the sister said.

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's office confirmed to Radar this week that the 23-year-old's cause of death was "asphyxia."

As RadarOnline.com readers know, Christine revealed that Kelly had suffered from suicidal thoughts in recent months after suffering a concussion.

Christine said Kelly was hospitalized in January after her first suicide attempt.

"We wanted her to get help, but she was an adult, and a very intelligent one, and surely would have talked her way out of going to a treatment facility," Christine told Radar.

According to the sister, a date for the public memorial has not yet been set because the family is waiting for Kelly to be returned to her home state of Minnesota.

The Olympian was living in Stanford, Calif. while pursuing a graduate degree in computational mathematics.

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