Olympic Athlete Dies at Only 25 After Stabbing, Fans and Fellow Athletes in Mourning

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July 19, 2018Jul 19, 2018

Tragedy hit the Olympic community on Thursday. The heartrending news broke that one of their own had been murdered, reported Yahoo.

Figure skating medalist Denis Ten was killed on Thursday in Kazakhstan. Prosecutors say they are treating his death as a murder.

Ten was stabbed after an attempted robbery. Reportedly, he had a dispute with people who tried to steal a mirror off of his car in his home city of Almaty, Kazakh. Kazakh Minister of Culture and Sports Arystanbek Mukhamediuly confirmed in a Facebook post.

Doctors in Almaty say he died of bleeding in the hospital there. He was only 25.

"This is an unthinkable tragedy and irreparable loss," Mukhamediuly wrote in the post, according to a translation from Kazakh news agency Kazinform.

The International Olympic Committee also confirmed Ten's death on Twitter on Thursday morning. They remembered Ten's "warm personality" in the post.

Ten was Kazakhstan, but he is of Korean descent, Ten's bronze at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014 made him Kazakhstan's first medalist in figure skating.

"Today is truly a dark day for all of us who knew and loved this young figure skater and were inspired by his talent and creativity," Kazakhstan Olympic Committee president Timur Kulibayev said in a statement according to USA Today. "Throughout his sporting career, Denis set an example with his motivation, strength of spirit and his champion's personality."

Ten struggled with injuries in recent years. He only placed 27th at the Olympics in Pyeongchang in February due to those injuries. Although he hadn't formally retired from figure skating, he had revealed his dreams of studying economics and his plans to write a movie script.

Fans and fellow athletes took to Twitter after hearing of his death. They remembered him, his talent, and mourned his tragic loss.

Please pray for his family and all those who knew and loved him as they mourn his loss. His death is even more of a tragedy because of how violent and sudden it was.