Olympic Figure Skater Denis Ten Is Gone After Sustaining Multiple Stab Wounds

Altercation over the attempted theft of the skater's car mirrors takes the life of a celebrated medal-winning athlete

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Denis Ten, a bronze medal-winning Olympic figure skater from Kazakhstan, died Thursday after sustaining multiple stab wounds to the upper thigh, multiple outlets reported.

A passerby called an ambulance after finding Ten unconscious on the street in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He underwent surgery and ultimately passed away at the hospital, as KazInform noted.

The knife attack followed a heated verbal argument with a pair of men who were attempting to steal mirrors from Ten’s car, the outlet also noted.

Ten, who was 25, succumbed to his injuries despite surgical interventions in the hospital, according to RT.

“This is truly shocking news,” commented International Skating Union President Jan Dijkema on the organization’s website. “Denis Ten was a very talented skater and a true ambassador for figure skating. He inspired many children and adults around the world. I send my sincerest sympathies to Denis’ family and friends in this difficult and tragic moment.”

The high-profile athlete was the first Kazakh skater to claim an Olympic medal.

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Ten won a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

An outpouring of expressions of shock, sympathy, and sadness from those in the skating, Olympic, and other sports communities quickly followed as the news of the loss spread.

Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.

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