Olympic figure skating medallist Denis Ten stabbed to death
25-year-old won bronze at Sochi Games in 2014
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.
I feel so honored and grateful to have shared the ice with <a href="https://twitter.com/Tenis_Den?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Tenis_Den</a>. One of the most beautiful skaters to have graced our sport. My thoughts are with his family during this unimaginable time. I feel so lucky to have made memories with Denis that I will cherish forever...—@Pchiddy
The International Skating Union said it was "deeply saddened" by news of Ten's death.
The ISU is deeply saddened by the news from media in Kazakhstan announcing the passing of Figure Skater Denis Ten. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Denis' family, friends and fans across the world. <a href="https://t.co/1w7Isb9HJC">pic.twitter.com/1w7Isb9HJC</a>—@ISU_Figure
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.
So sad to hear of Denis Ten's tragic passing. He was as kind as he was talented. It was an honour to share the ice with him. You will be greatly missed, Denis.—@ScottMoir
With the loss of Denis Ten the skating world lost one of our future leaders. Having recently worked with him, I was in awe of his vision and love for the world. He had infinite resources to offer and so willing to share. 💔—@KurtBrowning
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