Atina Bojadzi, a marathon swimmer who became one of Macedonia's most popular athletes after successfully crossing the English Channel, has died. She was 66.
State medical officials confirmed her death occurred late Tuesday, but did not immediately announce the cause of death.
Nicknamed the "Ohrid Dolphin" after her lakeside hometown, Bojadzi won several national and international long-distance swimming races and became the first woman from former Yugoslavia to swim across the English Channel in 1969. The achievement inspired a 1975 movie about her life and earned her sporting honors in her native Macedonia after it declared independence in 1991.
Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.