US figure skating champion John Coughlin died on Friday, a day after being suspended from the sport for unspecified allegations. His sister said he died by suicide, although no official cause of death has been announced.
"We are surprised by the news of the death of two-time US couples champion John Coughlin," US figure skating said on Saturday. UU "Our most sincere and sincere sympathies are with his father Mike, his sister Angela and the rest of his family, out of respect for the family, we will not have more comments until a later time."
In a short Facebook post on Friday, Coughlin's sister, Angela Laune, said: "My wonderful, strong and surprisingly compbadionate brother, John Coughlin, took his own life today, I have no words, I love you, John. Always, Brother Bear … "
Laune did not immediately return the messages from CBS News. Police in Kansas City, Missouri, where Coughlin lived, also did not comment immediately.
Coughlin, 33, won a US couples title. UU In 2011 with Caitlin Yankowskas and another in 2012 with Caydee Denney. He was also a coach, brand manager and television commentator for competitions.
The US Center for SafeSport, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent abuse in sports, announced in December that Coughlin's involvement in figure skating was restricted, as the organization investigated an issue related to him.
On Thursday, SafeSport said Coughlin would face a provisional suspension. On the same day, the United States Figure Skating said that Coughlin was temporarily suspended from participating "in any capacity, in any activity or competition" linked to the skating league or the United States Olympic Committee.
Coughlin told USA Today in early January that the allegations against him were "unfounded" and that he was prevented from speaking about the case pending. The nature of the accusation is unclear.
Coughlin's death came days before the national figure skating championship began in Detroit.