John Coughlin, Champion U.S. Determine Skater, Discovered Lifeless 1 Day After Suspension

John Coughlin, a two-time U.S. champion determine skater, was discovered lifeless in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, on Friday, sooner or later after he was suspended from the game.

Angela Laune, Coughlin’s sister, shared the information of his loss of life in a Fb submit Friday night time.

“My great robust, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his personal life earlier at this time,” Laune wrote on Fb late Friday night time. “I’ve no phrases. I really like you John.”

Kansas Metropolis police discovered Coughlin’s physique at four:54 p.m. on Friday, USA At present reported. Police advised the information website that Coughlin died by suicide.

The 33-year-old determine skater twice gained the U.S. pairs championship, in 2011 with Caitlin Yankowskas and in 2012 with Caydee Denney. He began determine skating with the Kansas Metropolis Determine Skating Membership and performed a significant position in making Kansas Metropolis the host of the 2017 U.S. Determine Skating Championships, The Kansas Metropolis Star reported.

Coughlin had retired from competing in 2015 however remained closely concerned in determine skating as a coach and TV commentator, working intently with U.S. Determine Skating, in response to USA At present. He was additionally a former chair of the Worldwide Skating Union’s Athletes Fee.

Coughlin’s burgeoning profession was not too long ago shrouded in controversy after the U.S. Heart for SafeSport positioned a brief restriction on his eligibility to be concerned determine skating on Dec. 17, USA At present first reported. SafeSport opened in March 2017 to observe and examine all experiences of abuse, together with bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct, in all Olympic sports activities.

Particulars of the allegations haven’t been made public as Coughlin’s case with SafeSport remains to be pending.

In an electronic mail on Jan. 7, Coughlin advised USA At present that allegations made towards him had been “unfounded,” however stated he couldn’t converse publicly about them as a result of the case remained open with SafeSport.

“Whereas I want I may converse freely concerning the unfounded allegations levied towards me, the SafeSport guidelines forestall me from doing so for the reason that case stays pending,” Coughlin wrote. “I word solely that the SafeSport discover of allegation itself said that an allegation under no circumstances constitutes a discovering by SafeSport or that there’s any benefit to the allegation.”

On Thursday, sooner or later earlier than Coughlin was discovered lifeless, SafeSport and U.S. Determine Skating elevated their restriction on him to a momentary suspension, which banned Coughlin from any involvement with the game or the U.S. Olympic Committee.

In a tweet, U.S. Determine Skating officers provided their condolences to the household and stated they’d not be making any additional remark till a later time.

On Saturday, Johnny Weir, a two-time Olympic determine skater, stated that Coughlin’s “kindness is one thing I’ll always remember and his gentle can be missed.” 

Dalilah Sappenfield, Coughlin’s former coach, mourned the determine skater’s loss of life in a Fb submit. She described him as a “huge loving teddy bear” and “one of many good guys.”

“It was so very troublesome for him and all those that beloved him to see his identify and status being dragged by the mud these previous few weeks, with none due course of,” Sappenfield wrote.

“It was so very unhappy and tragic for me to see his life turned the wrong way up in a matter of weeks, to the purpose the place he felt alone, misplaced, and determined that he not had it in him to combat.”

Randy Gardner, a two-time Olympic determine skater and a U.S. pairs champion, advised CNN on Saturday that Coughlin’s loss of life was “tragic any approach you have a look at it.”

“With the allegations nonetheless unknown, we’ve but to know the stress he could have been below,” Gardner stated. “I hate to listen to of this as we’re additionally attempting to guard the athletes in our sport.”

For those who or somebody you already know wants assist, name 1-800-273-8255 for the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You may also textual content HOME to 741-741 without spending a dime, 24-hour assist from the Disaster Textual content Line. Exterior of the U.S., please go to the Worldwide Affiliation for Suicide Prevention for a database of sources.