Heartfelt Condolence! Denis Ten, the professional Olympic ice skater, has died of a fatal stabbing in Almaty, Kazakhstan, multiple sources have confirmed. He was only 25.
According to The New York Times, Denis was stabbed on Wednesday, July 18, and was pronounced dead hours later.
As per the report, the tragic incident took place after the athlete verbally altercated with two robbers who were trying to steal mirrors from his car.
Russian outlet RT reported that pedestrians found Denis in an unconscious condition on the street after which he was rushed to a hospital where he underwent surgery.
In a statement on Thursday, July 19, the International Skating Union said,
The ISU is deeply saddened by the news from media in Kazakhstan announcing the passing of Figure Skater Denis Ten. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Denis’ family, friends and fans across the world.
Fellow athlete Adam Rippon honored his friend in an emotional tribute via Instagram on Thursday.
Alongside a throwback photo with Denis, Adam captioned the post,
My skating friend, @tenis_den, passed away today. He was so kind to everyone and a huge inspiration to me and so many other people. Murdered in the streets of Kazakhstan. Denis, thank you for showing us how to be a champion. Your time with us was way too short. Love you forever
Here's the post, check it out.
American ice dancer Meryl Davis also took to Twitter to send her condolences.
So very saddened by the loss of this special young man. Denis, your heart, passion, kindness & generosity will not be forgotten. My thoughts are with your family, friends & fans whose lives you’ve made brighter. What a devastating loss for our skating family.
Here's the tweet, check it out.
So very saddened by the loss of this special young man. Denis, your heart, passion, kindness & generosity will not be forgotten. My thoughts are with your family, friends & fans whose lives you’ve made brighter. What a devastating loss for our skating family. https://t.co/EXdR0757am
— Meryl Davis (@Meryl_Davis) July 19, 2018
Denis, who is the firsts Kazakh ice skater to win an Olympic medal, earned a bronze medal in men’s figure skating during the Sochi winter games in 2014.
Rest In Peace Denis!