Ten, who earned a bronze medal at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi and was a two-time world medalist, died of stab wounds after confronting thieves who were stealing his car mirrors on a street in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Doctors attempted surgery but were unable to save the Olympic skater.

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

In 2015, Ten spoke of how much the Olympic medal meant for his country and those close to him. “It was a great surprise. It was a first [Olympic figure skating ] medal for my country,” he said. “I’m grateful to people, they still congratulate me … Mostly I was happy for my parents and for my coaches who were so supportive despite all the challenges we had to overcome.”

Denis Ten was a was so kind to everyone and a huge inspiration to all of us. We are proud of him! Thank you for showing us, how to be a champion!

Rest in Peace.