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Olympic figure skating medallist Denis Ten stabbed to death

Prosecutors in Kazakhstan say Olympic figure skating medallist Denis Ten has been killed, and they are treating the case as murder. Kazakh news agencies report Ten was stabbed Thursday after a dispute with people who tried to steal a mirror from his car.

25-year-old won bronze at Sochi Games in 2014

Figure skating Denis Ten was killed on Thursday in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten was killed Thursday, and prosecutors in Kazakhstan said they were treating the case as murder.

Ten was stabbed after a dispute with people who allegedly tried to steal a mirror from his car in his home city of Almaty, Kazakh news agencies reported.

Doctors in Almaty say he died in hospital there. He was aged 25.

Born in Kazakhstan to a family of Korean descent, Ten's bronze at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014 made him Kazakhstan's first medalist in figure skating.

The International Skating Union said it was "deeply saddened" by news of Ten's death.

Ten also won the Four Continents championships in 2015, and was a world championship silver medalist in 2013.

Ten struggled with injuries in recent years and could manage only 27th at the Olympics in Pyeongchang in February. 

Canadians Scott Moir and Kurt Browning also expressed sadness over the loss of their fellow figure skater.

Ten hadn't formally retired from skating but in recent months he'd often spoken of his studies in economics and his plans to write a movie script.

"Independently of what happens in the future, I realize that I had a great career, where everything happened — highs and lows, medals and disappointments, nice memories and not so nice ones, unique events, meetings and many magical things," Ten said in September in an interview with the ISU website.

"Somewhere I realize that I was a really lucky person with a quite fulfilled sports life."

With files from CBC Sports

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