Former US skating champion John Coughlin appears to commit suicide after being suspended

A former figure skating champion, who had just been suspended from the sport, died Friday - apparently by taking his own life. USA today Reports. "My wonderful, strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life today," his sister Angela Laune wrote on Facebook in the strongest affirmation of Coughlin's death so far. "I have no words." A police sergeant in Kansas City said the officers responded on Friday to a suicide call in the house where Coughlin's dad lives, but the police have not released a report. Coughlin, 33, was a two-time US pair champion and was known as a TV commentator and coach. He was also a "rising star" in US figure skating and the International Skating Union USA today,

But the US center for SafeSport, which opened in February 2017 for investigating sexual misconduct and other allegations of physical and mental abuse, curtailed Coughlin's participation in figure skating in December and lifted disciplinary proceedings on Interim Suspension on Thursday. This meant that he could not "participate in any activities or competitions, led by the US Olympic Committee or the USFS, which also included comments at the national figure skating championships in Detroit next week. "I wish I could talk freely about the unfounded allegations against me, but the SafeSport rules prevent me from doing so because the case is still pending," Coughlin said earlier this month. Anyone who has thoughts of suicide will be asked to contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (911). (Read more suicide stories.)