DEAD: John Coughlin (aged 33)

American pair skater

John Coughlin (December 1, 1985 – January 18, 2019) was an American pair skater. With Caydee Denney, he was the 2012 Four Continents silver medalist and 2012 U.S. national champion. With former partner Caitlin Yankowskas, he was the 2011 U.S. champion.

DEATH: Coughlin died by suicide on January 18, 2019, one day after being suspended from figure skating for unspecified allegations. On December 17, 2018, the US Center for SafeSport listed his name with the note “Interim Measure – Restriction”, following allegations which the athlete denied. He subsequently resigned as U.S. brand manager for John Wilson Blades. After SafeSport changed his status to “interim suspension”, U.S. Figure Skating suspended Coughlin, on January 17, 2019. The following afternoon, police were dispatched to his father’s home in Kansas City following a report of a suicide. The department has confirmed the manner of death.


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