Sus­pended skat­ing cham­pion Cough­lin dies, 33

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

John Cough­lin, a twotime U.S. pairs cham­pion re­cently sus­pended from fig­ure skat­ing, died by sui­cide in Kansas City, Mis­souri. He was 33.

U.S. Fig­ure Skat­ing re­leased a state­ment Satur­day and cited his sis­ter, Angela Laune. The sis­ter said in a Face­book post that her “won­der­ful, strong, amaz­ingly com­pas­sion­ate brother John Cough­lin took his own life. … I have no words.” There were no fur­ther de­tails from her.

The Kansas City Po­lice De­part­ment said in an email Satur­day that of­fi­cers re­sponded to a call of a sui­cide at a house in the Coun­try Lanes Es­tates neigh­bor­hood in Kansas City just be­fore 5 p.m. Fri­day and found Cough­lin’s body. Sgt. Ja­cob Becchina de­clined to give specifics on the death.

Cough­lin re­ceived an in­terim sus­pen­sion from the U.S. Cen­ter for SafeS­port and USFS on Thurs­day for un­spec­i­fied con­duct. He was barred from any ac­tiv­i­ties sanc­tioned by the skat­ing body or the U.S. Olympic Com­mit­tee.

Cough­lin won na­tional pairs cham­pi­onships with two part­ners: He teamed with Caitlin Yankowskas in 2011 and with Caydee Den­ney the next year.

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