Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten, 25, stabbed to death

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Kazakhstan’s Olympic medal-winning figure skater Denis Ten has been stabbed to death at the age of 25, Kazakh news agency Kazinform first reported Thursday and it was confirmed by the Kazakhstan Olympic Committee.

“Unfortunately, he is not with us anymore,” a government spokesman said.

Ten was stabbed during an attempted robbery when two men tried to steal his car mirrors in the country’s largest city, Almaty. He was taken to a hospital, but died around 3 p.m. local time Thursday.

“Denis Ten was an incredible figure skater, the legend of our sport, our pride,” Kazakhstan’s minister of culture and sport Arystanbek Mukhamediuly said, via BBC.com. “This is an unthinkable tragedy and irreparable loss.”

Ten won his country’s first-ever Olympic skating medal with a bronze at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and he was twice a World Championship medalist.

The Olympic community across the world shared its condolences Thursday, including American figure skater Adam Rippon, who thanked Ten for being an inspiration.