Silver medallist Peterson of U.S. poses during medals ceremony for men's aerials freestyle skiing event at Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics
Silver medallist Jeret Peterson of the U.S. poses during the medals ceremony for the men's aerials freestyle skiing event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics February 26, 2010. REUTERS

Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, who committed suicide Monday night, first called 911 before shooting himself, according to police.

The Olympic silver medalist skiier was found dead on Monday night in a remote canyon between Salt Lake City and Park City in Utah from a self-inflicted bullet wound. He has left a suicide note near his car, which police decline to reveal the content.

He first called the police to notify them he was going to kill himself, also providing his location. Police say he was already dead when they arrived at 11:30 p.m.

Peterson, 29, was arrested last Friday in Idaho for drunk driving charges in which he plead not guilty to driving under the influence. He was speeding in a Dodge Dakota pickup at 70 miles per house in a 25 miles per hour zone, according to Reuters.

The Seattle Times reported that the skier reportedly had depression-related issues stemming from the death of his 5-year-old sister, who was killed by a drunk driver. The New York Times also reported in 2010 that he was suicidal after losing over a half million dollars gambling.

Jeret Peterson, known in the skiing world as "Speedy," placed silver for freestyle skiing in the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, where he patented his famous move, the Hurricane.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association did not have him registered to compete in the 2012 Olympics season.