Anchor: Figure skater Denis Ten, an Olympic medalist from Kazakhstan, was stabbed to death in the former capital city of Almaty on Thursday. Ten was a national sports hero in the Central Asian nation, but is more famous in South Korea as a descendant of a famous independence fighter of the Korean empire under Japanese colonial rule.
Cho Sung-min has this report.
Report: Kazakh-Korean figure skater Denis Ten died Thursday after being stabbed in a street in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
According to Kazakh-based news agency Kazinform, the 25-year old skating star was stabbed with a knife during an altercation with two men that were trying to steal the mirrors off his vehicle.
Authorities said he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital after losing nearly three liters of blood.
Police have opened an investigation and are searching for the two unidentified fugitives. The case is reportedly being overseen by the nation's interior minister and healthcare minister.
Ten became a national sports hero in Kazakhstan after winning an Olympic bronze medal in the men's figure skating singles contest at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, the first ever Olympic medal for skating for the Central Asian nation.
He is more famous in South Korea as the great-great-grandson of Min Keung-ho, a well-known Korean independence fighter.
Ten, who finished 27th in the short program at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in February, was initially advised to not take part in the competition due to an ankle injury, but insisted that he perform for the fans in his motherland.
Cho Sung-min, KBS World Radio News.
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