John Coughlin, former U.S. figure skating champion, recently suspended from his sport, has killed himself in the middle of an investigation concerning his sport.
According to TMZ, Coughlin, a two-time U.S. Pairs champion, took his own life Friday in Kansas City, according to his sister, Angela Laune, who revealed the news on Facebook.
She wrote: “My wonderful strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life earlier today. I have no words. I love you John…”
The Police have reportedly confirmed his death as well. A day before his death, the 33-year-old, was temporarily barred from participating in any skating events in any capacity by the US Center for SafeSport.
The center is a US Olympic Committee agency with oversight of sexual misconduct and other abuse allegations reported to national governing bodies.
The details of what he’d been accused of remain unclear for now.
Coughlin’s death coincided with the start of the 2019 US Figure Skating Championships in Detroit.
His sister also posted details of his funeral on Facebook.
“Funeral for John will be next Tuesday, January 29th and the Visitation will be the day before on the 28th at Christ The King here in Kansas City, MO. More details to follow.
Thank you to everyone who has reached out. The love is helping us during such an incredible loss. 💙”