The sudden and tragic death of Katie Meyer, a promising student-athlete at Stanford University, has sent shockwaves through the academic and sports communities.
The talented athlete and vibrant student left behind a trail of unanswered questions as the circumstances surrounding her untimely death remain a mystery.
As the world mourns the loss of this young woman, we attempt to shed light on the question many are asking: How did Katie Meyer die?
Who Was Katie Meyer?
Kathryn Diane Meyer was an American goalkeeper who played for Stanford University's women's soccer team. Meyer was born in Burbank, California, on January 20, 2000, and grew up in Newbury Park, California, with her parents, Steven and Gina Meyer.
Meyer was the middle child, with an older sister, Samantha, and a younger sister, Siena. She appeared on Nickelodeon's Soccer Superstar reality show in 2015.
Meyer spent her first three years of high school at Newbury Park High School before transferring to Century Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, for her senior year.
For two seasons at Newbury Park High School, she was also the varsity football team's kicker.
She played for club teams Real So Cal and Eagles Soccer Club, as well as the U16 girls' national squad, in addition to her school team.
How Did Katie Meyer Die?
Meyer was discovered dead in her dorm room at Stanford's Crothers Hall, a residential housing structure, on March 1, 2022.
Meyer's mother stated that she had gotten an email regarding disciplinary action and that “she had been getting letters for a couple of months… This letter was kind of the final letter that there was going to be a trial or some kind of something.”
“This was the only thing we could think of that triggered something.” “We [the Stanford University administration] are not able to share information about confidential student disciplinary matters,” Stanford Assistant Vice President Dee Mostofi explained.
According to a statement issued by Santa Clara County on March 3, 2022, the coroner's office judged the death to be “self-inflicted,” with “no indication of foul play.”
On November 23, 2022, the Meyer family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Stanford in Santa Clara County Superior Court.
Meyer was “facing disciplinary action for allegedly spilling coffee on a Stanford football player who was accused of sexually assaulting a female soccer player,” according to the suit. Meyer's father stated that his daughter was supporting a teammate who was underage at the time.”
The complaint was filed with the Stanford Office of Community Standards, and possible sanctions included withholding her diploma. Meyer was said to be hoping to attend Stanford Law School after graduating.