US Figure Skater John Coughlin Commits Suicide After Being Suspended From Competition

Sad news in the sports world, US figure skater John Coughlin took his own life at his home in Kansas City, he was 33. The skater’s sister Angela Laune confirmed her brother’s death, she said, “My wonderful strong compassionate brother John Coughlin took his life today, there are no words.” The police department in Kansas City, Missouri has not issued an official report yet, but did confirm that they got a 911 call on Saturday and found the skater Coughlin deceased of an apparent suicide.

Coughlin was a two time US pairs champion, along with his partner Caitlyn Yankowskas, who he was paired with from 2007 to 2012. Coughlin had been working as a coach and TV commentator and skated with ‘US Figure Skating.’ On December 17, 2018 Coughlin was placed on restriction from competing pending the outcome of sexual misconduct allegations against the skater. On January 8th 2019 Coughlin handed in his resignation as a US Brand manager for ‘John Wilson Blade Company’, which produces blades for ice skating. On Thursday the Figure Skating Association called for Coughlin to be suspended, according to a memo that was sent.

He was “formally prohibited from competing in any skating event, in any capacity, in any competition sanctioned by the US Figure Skating Association and the United States Olympic Committee, on January 18th.” On January 7th, Coughlin told USA Today that the allegations against him were ‘unfounded’. He said at the time, that he was not allowed to speak freely about the allegations against him because the investigation was still pending. After news of the skater’s death the ‘Professional Skater’s Association released a statement. It said in part, “The PSA shares with you the heartbreaking news of the death of our colleague John Coughlin. We send condolences to his father Mike and sister Angela.” Details of the specifics on the allegations against Coughlin have not been made public.