Denis Ten, who won a bronze medal in men’s figure skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, was stabbed to death Thursday in his native Kazakhstan. He was 25.
BBC Sport reported Ten was rushed to the hospital after an attack by two men attempting to steal his car mirrors. He was pronounced dead three hours later.
“Unfortunately, he is not with us anymore,” a government spokesman said.
American counterpart Adam Rippon posted a message of condolence on Twitter:
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.
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) July 19, 2018
Former Team USA standout Johnny Weir also commented:
Completely devastated by the passing of Denis Ten. He was as bright and kind as he was talented. This is such an incredible loss and tragedy. My heart is with his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/pXGB2OdvYg
— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) July 19, 2018
Ten represented Kazakhstan three times at the Winter Games. Along with his medal-winning performance four years ago, he finished 11th in men’s singles during his Olympic debut in 2010 and 27th during 2018’s games in South Korea.
The Kazakhstani star also enjoyed success in other prominent international competitions.
He won silver at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships and bronze in the 2015 world championships. The most noteworthy gold medal of his decorated career came at the 2015 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.
“Denis Ten was an incredible figure skater, the legend of our sport, our pride,” Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, Kazakhstan’s minister of culture and sport, said, per BBC Sport. “This is an unthinkable tragedy and irreparable loss.”