John Coughlin, a two-time U.S. pairs figure skating champion, died by hanging himself in his father’s home Jan. 18, according to the incident report by the Kansas City police department obtained Wednesday by USA TODAY Sports.
Coughlin took his own life one day after he was suspended by the U.S. Center for SafeSport. The 33-year-old was facing three reports of sexual misconduct against him, two of them involving minors, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to talk publicly about the matter.
Coughlin’s funeral was held Tuesday in Kansas City, two days after the U.S. national figure skating championships ended in Detroit. He was a fixture at skating competitions and rinks around the country as a coach, TV commentator and a rising star within both U.S. Figure Skating, the national governing body for the sport, and the International Skating Union, the sport’s worldwide federation.
Last week, SafeSport removed from its website the notification of Coughlin’s interim suspension, but there has been no indication otherwise about the status of the investigation. USFS officials said Jan. 24 that it is “imperative” that SafeSport complete its investigation of Coughlin and encouraged it to hire a “third-party investigator or outside counsel” to provide assistance.
In a Jan. 7 email to USA TODAY Sports, Coughlin called the allegations against him “unfounded.”
“While I wish I could speak freely about the unfounded allegations levied against me, the SafeSport rules prevent me from doing so since the case remains pending,” he wrote. “I note only that the SafeSport notice of allegation itself stated that an allegation in no way constitutes a finding by SafeSport or that there is any merit to the allegation.”