Figure skater Denis Ten dies after knife attack in Kazakhstan

Sad news greeted the figure skating world on Thursday morning: Denis Ten, the Kazakh skater who won Olympic bronze in Sochi, has died after being stabbed in the streets of Almaty He was 25.

A report from RT.com says that Ten got into a heated argument with two men who were trying to steal the mirrors off his car. The argument turned into a physical altercation, during which Ten sustained stab wounds. He was left unconscious in the streets until a pedestrian found him and called an ambulance.

Ten was reportedly stabbed in the upper thigh and lost three liters of blood before he was rushed to the hospital. According to Kazinform, he underwent surgery and clung to life for hours at the hospital before dying from his injuries.

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Kazakhstan's Denis Ten reacts after competing in the men's single skating short program of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 16: Denis Ten of Kazakhstan competes during the Men's Single Skating Short Program at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 16, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN - JANUARY 25: Denis Ten of Kazakhstan competes in the men short program during day two of the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Taipei Arena on January 25, 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 25: Bronze medalist Denis Ten of Kazakhstan looks on in the victory ceremony for men free skating during the 2017 Shanghai Trophy at the Oriental Sports Center on November 25, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 21, 2017: Figure skater Denis Ten of Kazakhstan during the men's free skating event at the 2017 Rostelecom Cup, the first of six events in the 2017-18 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, at the Megasport Arena. Sergei Bobylev/TASS (Photo by Sergei Bobylev\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA OCTOBER 20, 2017: Figure skater Denis Ten of Kazakhstan performs the men's short programme at the 2017 Rostelecom Cup, the first of six events in the 201718 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, at the Megasport Arena. Sergei Bobylev/TASS (Photo by Sergei Bobylev\TASS via Getty Images)
HELSINKI, FINLAND - APRIL 1, 2017: Figure skater Denis Ten of Kazakhstan performs during the men's free skating event at the 2017 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Hartwall Arena. Alexander Demianchuk/TASS (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk\TASS via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 12: Denis Ten of Kazakhstan competes during Men's Free Skating on day two of the Trophee de France ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating at Accorhotels Arena on November 12, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
SAPPORO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 26: Denis Ten of Kazakhstan competes in figure skating men free skating on the day nine of the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games at Makomanai indoor skating rink on February 26, 2017 in Sapporo, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 30: Denis Ten of Kazakhstan competes during Day 3 of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2016 at TD Garden on March 30, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
Almaty 2022 Bid Ambassador Denis Ten speaks during a press conference after the bid presentation to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in the Kazakh city of Almaty, at the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Kuala Lumpur on July 31, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 28: Denis Ten of Kazakhstan performs during the Ice Dance-Man Free Skating Program on day four of the 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Shanghai Oriental Sports Center on March 28, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 28: (L-R) Second place winner Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, First place winner Javier Fernandez of Spain and Third place winner Denis Ten of Kazakhstan pose on the podium after the medals ceremony of the Ice Dance-Man Free Skating Program on day four of the 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Shanghai Oriental Sports Center on March 28, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - MARCH 27: Denis Ten of Kazakhstan performs during the Men's Short Program on day three of the 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Shanghai Oriental Sports Center on March 27, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Xiaolu Chu/Getty Images)
Denis Ten of Kazakhstan performs in the men's short program during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul on February 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL - OCTOBER 25: Denis Ten competes during the Men Free Skating during the 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America competition at the Sears Centre Arena on October 25, 2014 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Denis Ten of Kazakhstan performs during the Figure Skating Exhibition Gala at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 22, 2014 in Sochi. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Kazakhstan's Denis Ten performs in the Men's Figure Skating Free Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Kazakhstan's bronze medalist Denis Ten celebrates during the Men's Figure Skating Flower Ceremony at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 14: Patrick Chan of Canada poses after winning the silver, Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan after winning the gold and Denis Ten of Kazakhstan after winning the bronze in the Figure Skating Men's Free Skating on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN - JANUARY 24: Denis Ten of Kazahastan performs his routine at the Men Free Skating event during the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships on January 24, 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)
LONDON, ON - MARCH 17: Denis Ten of Kazakhstan the Men's Silver Medalist skates at the ISU World Figure Skating Championship Winners Exhibitiion Gala at Budweiser Gardens. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Denis Ten competing for Kazakhstan reacts to his scores in the Men's Free Skate event at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships March 15, 2013 in London, Ontario, Canada. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ten won the bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He was beloved in Kazakhstan, and even hosted an ice show in June called “Denis and Friends” in the capital city of Astana, which brought together famous skaters from around the world and coincided with the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Astana as the capital. He battled through injuries to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang so he could pay tribute to his Korean heritage, and finished 27th.

Kazakh Minister of Culture and Sport Arystanbek Mukhamediuly shared his heartbroken reaction on Facebook, which was translated by Kazinform.

“Denis Ten is an incredible figure skater, the legend of our sport, our pride. He passed away despite the best doctors were fighting for his life. He was only 25. It is a horrific and unfair tragedy. This is a huge loss for his family and for all of us who knew, loved and respected him genuinely. […] And today our “golden boy” is gone as a result of the knife attack… It would be a miracle to save Denis. We believed in this miracle till the bitter end. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to his family. This is an unthinkable tragedy and irreparable loss.”

The figure skating world, both fans and well-known skaters, mourned the loss of Ten on Twitter.

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My skating friend, @Tenis_Den, passed away today. He was so kind to everyone and a huge inspiration to me and so ma… https://t.co/XKB2ncIovC
Completely devastated by the passing of Denis Ten. He was as bright and kind as he was talented. This is such an in… https://t.co/NU1jlkojPC
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… https://t.co/ckObLoUmMU
“Denis Ten was a great athlete and a great ambassador for his sport. A warm personality and a charming man. Such a… https://t.co/6DF5HykiJP
The ISU is deeply saddened by the news from media in Kazakhstan announcing the passing of Figure Skater Denis Ten.… https://t.co/7MZBDLzWyd
One of my oldest friends from skating world is gone. I still can’t believe that and I hope it’s not real. A life… https://t.co/hlALkOBAS3
I remember watching Denis at 2014 Sochi Olympics. He was my first idol. The few times I was got to share the ice wi… https://t.co/LPaodQu1S8
Denis Ten “Warriors of Kazakhstan,” Sochi 2014 gala Great athlete, one-of-a-kind artist, and by all accounts, lovel… https://t.co/DTWk8EEsat
a last tribute to Denis Ten, the warrior of kazakhstan, who has been an inspiration for so many. my condolences are… https://t.co/JHxl3vzfGL
Denis Ten, our Greatest showman, rest in peace 😔 https://t.co/M0ZnOuwlLd
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