Denis Ten

Tributes are pouring in from around the world for Denis Ten, one of figure skating’s most popular stars. Ten, the only person from Kazakhstan to ever claim an Olympic medal in the sport, died on July 19 after suffering a severe stab wound to his thigh. inflicted by a thug attempting to steal the side mirrors from his car. 

Kazakh news sources report Ten interrupted the thieves and a scuffle ensued. A knife wound to the upper third of the right thigh pierced the femoral vessels, which caused him to suffer severe blood loss. Passersby found him lying in the street and called an ambulance.

Ten, 25, was rushed to the Central City Clinical Hospital where his condition was assessed as extremely serious. Resuscitation measures were immediately started and Ten underwent surgery, but doctors were unable to save him.

The Attorney General has taken over the case and prosecutors have classified Ten’s death as murder.

When Ten claimed bronze at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games he said, “It is a very big accomplishment winning the first Olympic figure skating medal for my country. This is a gift to my compatriots and my country.”