John Coughlin, a two-time ex-US figure skating champion, committed suicide on Friday. Just a week before the national championship in Detroit, the U.S. Center for SafeSport and U.S.F.S (U.S. Figure Skating) announced the suspension to the former skating champion. One day after being suspended, he was found dead on January 18, 2019, in Kansas City, Missouri. According to a Facebook post by his sister Angela, John took his own life, whereas, the reason behind his suspension is still unstipulated.
Shocked by his death, the U.S. Figure Skating expressed their grief over the unfortunate incident. As stated over their tweet on the suicide of two-time U.S. figure skating champion, they offered their sincere and deepest condolences to his family.
The U.S. Figure Skating’s tweet on former U.S. pairs champion John Coughlin dated January 19, 2019.
We are stunned at the news of the death of two-time U.S. pairs champion John Coughlin. Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies are with his father Mike, sister Angela and the rest of his family. Out of respect to the family, we will have no further comment until a later time.— U.S. Figure Skating (@USFigureSkating) 19 January 2019
His friends poured their heart out on social media and referred his death as an untimely passing. They remembered him as truly passionate about his family and his love for skating. There has been an overwhelming outburst of warm thoughts and prayers from the international athletic community who recalled his competitiveness and enthusiasm towards the sport. According to his followers, John made a positive difference in their lives and went out of his way to cheer someone up but unfortunately, he not only lost his life but he also lost his reputation as he was not heard regarding the accusations made against him. Apart from that, more than $32,000 has been collected for his funeral services via a campaign set up by his former coach Dalilah Sappenfield.
John Coughlin, 33 was a regular TV skating commentator and coach who participated in the winter sport, figure-skating in pairs representing the United States. He was survived by his father Mike and sister, Angela Laune.