Olympic Figure Skater And Medalist Denis Ten Stabbed To Death; Film To Be Dedicated To His Memory
Olympic medal-winning figure skater Denis Ten passed away at the age of 25 after being fatally stabbed on the streets of Almaty, Kazakhstan.
A Kazakh athlete of Korean descent, Denis Ten won the bronze medal in men’s figure skating at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, leaving his mark on history as the first figure skater from Kazakhstan to win a medal at the Winter Olympics. He also won the silver and bronze medals at the World Figure Skating Championships in 2013 and 2015.
On July 19, Denis Ten was stabbed by two men attempting to rob him of his car mirrors. Although he was later rushed to the hospital, his injuries ultimately proved fatal.
Just six days before his untimely death, Denis Ten, who dreamed of becoming a filmmaker, had revealed his entry for the Screenlife Project competition held by famous Hollywood director Timur Bekmambetov. The athlete had pitched an idea for a film about the relationship between a hearing-impaired girl and a speech-impaired young man.
After his tragic passing, the figure skater’s fans came together to request that his idea be made into a reality. On July 20, Timur Bekmambetov, whose films include the 2016 remake of “Ben-Hur” and the 2008 action movie “Wanted,” responded by saying that he intended to make the film proposed by Denis Ten.
“This is an enormous tragedy,” remarked the director. “We will try to make his ideas a reality, so that we can dedicate a film to the talented Ten.”
We offer our deepest condolences to Denis Ten’s family and friends during this painful time.