After leaving KNRK, Cooley briefly worked in Phoenix at KEDJ/KEXX, but she had since returned to the Portland area. She died at the home of her father and stepmother while in the hot tub. Partly in response to the wild and perhaps distasteful speculation into the nature of her death—which at this time has not been determined beyond an unfortunate accident—Cooley's family has prepared the following statement:
We lost Jaime in a tragic accidental drowning on Feb 4th. It is our wishes to have a private service for the family, followed by a public memorial Friday, Feb 10th at Lola’s Room (1332 West Burnside Street, Portland, OR) from 5-8. We are also requesting that donations in her name be made to the Pacific Pug Rescue:Our deepest sympathies and condolences to Jaime's family, loved ones, and friends. She will be greatly missed.
This was one of her favorites: