Olympic Figure Skater Stabbed To Death

Denis Ten, 25, Kazakhstan’s first Olympic figure-skating champion was stabbed to death on Thursday afternoon.

He was found lying on the ground near his vehicle when a passerby found him. Ten died after he was stabbed by two men who attempted to steal his car mirrors in Almaty.

Ten succumbed to his injuries at around 3PM local time on Thursday. Police are treating his death as a murder.

“Denis Ten was an incredible figure skater, the legend of our sport, our pride,” said Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, Kazakhstan’s minister of culture and sport. “This is an unthinkable tragedy and irreparable loss.”

The athlete lost three liters of blood and though physicians did their best to save him, he passed away after fighting for his life for almost three hours. The Minister of Internal Affairs, Kalmukhanbet Kassymov and Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov vowed the attack would be thoroughly investigated.

“His outstanding achievements glorified our country and helped popularise sport among youth,” the BBC reported Mr Nazarbayev as saying.

“Denis was not only a prominent athlete whose talent was recognised and revered in many countries of the world, but also a man of marked individuality, a true patriot.”

Ten’s achievements made him one of Kazakhstan’s ambassadors for figure skating. He won a bronze medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and finished 27th in this year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

American figure-skater, Adam Rippon, and Canadian skater Patrick Chan took to Twitter to honor their friend.