Friends, family, Olympic officials, and ice skaters around the world are mourning the untimely death of Denis Ten. Ten was a high-achieving performer and athlete who won the Bronze medal for Kazakhstan in the 2014 Winter Games. He was greatly beloved as the first Kazakhstani skater to stand stand on podiums at the World Championships, Four Continents Championships, Asian Winter Games, and Olympic Games.
The 25-year-old was stabbed to death in Almaty, Kazakhstan after getting into a dispute with thieves that were trying to steal the mirrors off of his car. While Ten was rushed to the hospital, he had lost too much blood prior to arrival. Doctors were ultimately unable to save his life via an emergency surgery.
in a statement spread on social media and translated, Kazakh Minister of Culture and Sports Arystanbek Mukhamediuly said called Ten’s death “an unthinkable tragedy and irreparable loss.”
The figure skating world mourns Ten with great intensity and gravity. His legacy will surely be remembered.
The International Olympic Committee’s president, Thomas Bach, also fondly recalled Ten. “Denis Ten was a great athlete and a great ambassador for his sport. A warm personality and a charming man,” he said. “Such a tragedy to lose him at such a young age.”
American skater and celebrity Adam Rippon also took to social media, posting a candid and emotional tweet to mourn the death of his peer and friend.
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
Rippon’s teammate, Maya Shibutani paid her respects, remembering Ten as “kind, talented, motivated, thoughtful, creative, funny, wise, and a visionary.”
A dreamer and a doer. Devastated to hear about the loss of Denis Ten. Kind, talented, motivated, thoughtful, creative, funny, wise, a visionary… He changed so many peoples’ lives including mine. Sending my love and thoughts to his family.
— Maia Shibutani (@MaiaShibutani) July 19, 2018
Sayo Yamamoto, the woman who directed acclaimed iceskating anime Yuri On Ice also tweeted a personal response to the tragedy. She even credited Ten’s skating with inspiring aspects of the show.
I'm still having a difficult time accepting this tragedy.
Had I never encountered Denis Ten's skating, "Yuri!!!" would not be what it is today.
Denis's skating was truly one of a kind and he has gifted us with so much inspiration.
Respect. Always and forever.
Sayo Yamamoto pic.twitter.com/YOdAdutqor
— TVアニメ「ユーリ!!! on ICE」 (@yurionice_PR) July 20, 2018
The suspects involved in Ten’s murder were identified as Nuraly Kiyasov and Arman Kudaibergenov. Kiyasov has reportedly already confessed in the presence of a lawyer.
Via USA TODAY