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[Newsmaker] Korean figure skaters mourn death of Kazakh star Denis Ten

South Korean figure skaters on Friday mourned the death of Denis Ten, a Kazakh star of Korean descent, taking to social media to express their condolences.

Ten, the 2014 Olympic men's singles bronze medalist and a great-great-grandson of a Korean-born independence fighter Min Keung-ho, was stabbed to death in Almaty on Thursday at age 25.

South Korean icon Kim Yu-na wrote on her Instagram page that she was "traumatized" by the news of Ten's death, while also posting a photo of herself and Ten together. The two were both represented by Kim's own management company, All That Sports.

Olympic figure skating medallist Kazakstan`s Denis Ten (AFP)
Olympic figure skating medallist Kazakstan`s Denis Ten (AFP)

"Denis Ten was a great athlete and a huge inspiration to everyone," Kim, the 2010 Olympic champion, wrote in her English message. "It is such a tragedy, and (I'm) saddened to lose a great and passionate skater like him. I am sorry for your loss and express my deepest condolences to the deceased."

Another female skater, Choi Da-bin, also paid her condolences on Instagram. The 2017 Asian Winter Games gold medalist wrote in

English: "I can't believe this news. When I was in Kazakhstan, you really cared about me and cheered me up. I miss you... Rest in peace."

Lee June-hyoung, a three-time national champion in the men's singles, uploaded a picture he took with Ten and wrote on his social media page: "I am happy to have spent time with you. Rest in peace." (Yonhap)