U.S. Skate Champion John Cowell dies suicide on Friday, one day after being suspended from sport for unspecified claims.
"We are stunned by the news of the deaths of two American pairs champions John Cofflin" in a statement Saturday. "Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies are with his father Mike, sister Angela and the rest of his family, from respect for the family, we will have no further comments until later."
Kaflin's sister Angella Laun said, "My wonderful, strong, surprisingly compassionate brother, John Cofflin, took his life earlier today, I have no words, I love you, John always, always a bear brother … Missouri, confirmed that his death was suicide. We are stunned by the news of the death of two-time US pairs champion John Cofflin. Our heartfelt and deep sympathy is with his father Mike, sister Angela and the rest of his family. From respect for the family, we will have no further comments later.
Coughlin, 33, won the title of pairs in the US in 2011 with Caitlin Yankowskas and as early as 2012 with Caydee Denney. He is also a coach, brand manager and TV competitor.
The US SafeSport, a non-profit organization that works to prevent abuse in sports, announced in December that Coughlin's participation in figure skating is limited as the organization looks at the issue that involves it.
Thursday, SafeSport said Coughlin would face a temporary suspension. On the same day, American figure skating said Cowell was temporarily suspended to participate in "any kind of activity or race" related to the Championship or the US Olympic Committee. he was "unfounded" and prevented from speaking on the case while he was pending. The character of the indictment remains vague.
The Death of Cafflin came just days before the start of the National Ice Skating Championship in Detroit.