Is Denis Ten Living or Dead?

Has Kazakhstani figure skater Denis Ten died? Or is he still alive?

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Kazakhstani figure skater

Denis Ten is ...

Born 13 Jun 1993 in Almaty
Died 19 Jul 2018 in Almaty
Age25 years, 1 month
Height1.68m (5 ft, 6 in)

About Denis Ten

Denis Yurievich Ten (Денис Юрийұлы Тен; Денис Юрьевич Тен; 13 June 1993 – 19 July 2018) was a Kazakhstani figure skater. He was the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, a two-time World medalist (silver in 2013, bronze in 2015), the 2015 Four Continents champion, the 2017 Winter Universiade champion, and a five-time national champion of Kazakhstan. Ten was the first skater from Kazakhstan to stand on the podium at the World Championships, Four Continents Championships, Asian Winter Games, and the Olympic Games. At the 2008–09 ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Belarus, he became the first skater from Kazakhstan to win an International Skating Union competition. His other accomplishments include qualifying two spots for his country in the men's event at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. Ten was the official ambassador for the Olympic Bidding Committee "Almaty 2022". He was a member of the Astana Presidential Sports Club and the political party "Nur Otan". In 2013, he began producing his own ice show, "Denis Ten and Friends". In summer 2014, he announced his co-operation with All That Sports management company established by Yuna Kim. In July 2018, Ten was murdered in a carjacking attempt.


Ten was stabbed in the thigh on 19 July 2018 in Almaty by two carjackers who were attempting to steal his car mirrors, which were worth about 86 U.S. dollars. After being stabbed, Ten lost about 3 litres (5.3 imp pt) of blood and died from the severe blood loss at the Central Clinical Hospital in Almaty, three hours after being admitted.

The Kazakhstan Minister of Culture and Sport Arystanbek Muhamediuly  paid tribute to Ten, saying "Denis Ten was an incredible figure skater, the legend of our sport, our pride." United States figure skaters Adam Rippon, Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner, and Mirai Nagasu, who used to train with Ten, also paid tribute to him, along with several other international figure skaters including Patrick Chan, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Alex Shibutani, Evgenia Medvedeva, Adelina Sotnikova, and many others. IOC president Thomas Bach stated, "Denis Ten was a great athlete and a great ambassador for his sport. A warm personality and a charming man. Such a tragedy to lose him at such a young age."

The two suspects—both male, one aged 23 and the other 24 years old—were apprehended the next day. In January 2019, they were sentenced to 18 years in a penal colony.