"My wonderful strong, incredibly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life earlier today, I have no words. I love you John …" his sister Angela Laune said on Friday in a Facebook post.
"We are stunned at the news of two-hour US couple John Coughlin's death," US Figure Skating said on Saturday in a statement. "Our deep and deepest sympathy is with his father Mike, Sister Angela and the rest of the family. For the sake of the family, we will have no further comments in the future."
Skating world grieves
His former trainer, Dalilah Sappenfield, wrote on Facebook: "Yesterday I received the most numbering, devastating and heartbreaking call! … My heart makes it incredible to know that John took his life yesterday, his family, skating, and I lost a very special man who lived his life with integrity and kindness. "
The International Skating Union said it is" shocked and sad by the unexpected end of John Coughlin, chairman of the ISU Sports Committee and member of the ISU's Single & Pair Skating Technical Committee In the name of the ISU family, we would like to share our deep compassion and kindest thoughts with John's family and friends at this time of sorrow. "
In a statement, two-hour Olympic and world champion Randy Gardner said:" This is tragic, no matter how you look at it. With the claims still unknown, we have not yet known the pressure he might have been under. I hate to hear about this as we also try to protect the athletes in our sport. "