Mikey Lillis an aerial skier who was also the brother of Jonathan Lillis and Chris Lillis died back on October 21, 2017, in his sleep. Mikey’s death is in the headlines after his brother, Chris Lillis won a gold medal as a trio in the 2022 Beijing Olympics Winter Games. The trio becomes the first mixed team aerials to give the U.S. its first medals in the freestyle skiing discipline in a dozen years.
Mikey Lillis Death & Cause
Mikey Lillis died in his sleep overnight on October 21, 2017, at the age of 17. The U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw said in a statement, “We are a family, and as a family, our entire team grieves for Mikey, his own family, and his teammates. We’ll remember him for the pathway he was following and the goals he was beginning to achieve.” The Ski & Snowboard President went on to condole his parents Bernie and Jamie and the entire Lillis family.
Mikey Lillis coach, Jari Novak in a statement wrote, “I have no words, Michael was a great kid and a great athlete with a great life and future ahead of him. It was taken from him too suddenly. We will all miss him, and he will be remembered forever.”
At the time of his death, Lillis was working his way to join his two older brothers at the elite international level in aerial skiing. He made three podiums on the Nor-Am Cup tour between the last two seasons.
Mikey Lillis Brothers
Mikey had two brothers, Jonathon Lillis (born August 20, 1994) and Christopher Lillis (born October 4, 1998) both of who are freestyle skier who competes internationally and Pitfford’s natives. The older brother, Jonathon competed for the US at the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships 2017 in Sierra Nevada, Spain, where he won a gold medal in men’s aerials.
The other brother, Christ participated in Freestyle Aerial Skiing at the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships 2021, winning a medal becoming the youngest man to ever win an FIS Aerials World Cup at 17 years old.