Former determine skating champion John Coughlin died by suicide on Friday, in keeping with a message posted by his sister on Facebook over the weekend.
One day earlier than that, the 33-year-old Kansas City native had been suspended by U.S. Figure Skating and the U.S. Center for SafeSport over a “matter concerning him,” of which particulars weren’t instantly disclosed.
After information broke of Coughlin’s demise, U.S. Figure Skating launched a press release on Twitter (beneath):
We are shocked on the information of the demise of two-time U.S. pairs champion John Coughlin. Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies are along with his father Mike, sister Angela and the remainder of his household. Out of respect to the household, we could have no additional remark till a later time.
— U.S. Figure Skating (@USFigureSkating) January 19, 2019
The former champ had gained his pairs titles in 2011 with associate Caitlin Yankowskas, after which once more in 2012 with Caydee Denney (each of them are pictured skating collectively, above).
Coughlin had been retired from aggressive determine skating for a while, in keeping with experiences. More lately, he had been teaching and commentating on the game at varied occasions across the nation.
At some level in December, his “interim suspension” was first introduced; although USFS saved issues obscure on the time, Coughlin launched a press release commenting on the suspension and denying regardless of the allegations have been in opposition to him (beneath):
“While I wish I could speak freely about the unfounded allegations levied against me, the SafeSport rules prevent me from doing so since the case remains pending. I note only that the SafeSport notice of allegation itself stated that an allegation in no way constitutes a finding by SafeSport or that there is any merit to the allegation.”
Regardless, Coughlin is gone now — and different determine skaters, like Johnny Weir, struggled to make sense of it as information broke by this weekend (beneath):
John Coughlin was an individual who made issues enjoyable. He was an individual who was gifted, had an unimaginable snort & would exit of his strategy to cheer somebody up. His kindness is one thing I’ll always remember and his mild will probably be missed. My prayers are along with his household & buddies. pic.twitter.com/0yTnODXppn
— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) January 19, 2019
[Image through WENN.]