Two time US figure skating champion John Coughlin was found dead in his father’s home on Friday. The 33-year-old had recently been suspended by the US Center for SafeSport.
Although the details of the allegations against him haven’t been released yet, the organization investigates bullying, and physical and sexual abuse.
Based on the purpose of the organization we can assume the allegations against Coughlin fall in one or more of those categories.
Via New York Post:
“My wonderful, strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life earlier today,” his sister, Angela Laune, wrote on Facebook Saturday. “I have no words.”
The US Center for SafeSport, an organization that investigates bullying, and physical and sexual abuse in sports, placed Coughlin, 33, under restricted eligibility in December, without revealing the nature of the accusations against him.
SafeSport elevated his limitations to an interim suspension on Thursday.
We’ll wait for all of the details to come out before we pass any judgement. But this is tragic any way you slice it.
We are stunned at the news of the death of two-time U.S. pairs champion John Coughlin. Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies are with his father Mike, sister Angela and the rest of his family. Out of respect to the family, we will have no further comment until a later time.
— U.S. Figure Skating (@USFigureSkating) January 19, 2019