Chris Reed, a three-time Olympian, has passed away at age 30.
Per a Japanese Skating Federation spokesperson, the American-born Japanese ice dancer died of sudden cardiac arrest over the weekend.
Tuesday on Instagram, Reed’s younger sister Allison, also an ice dancer, released a statement about her brother’s untimely death.
“It deeply saddens me to tell you all my brother, my sweet, kind, charismatic, and loving big brother Chris, has passed away suddenly over the weekend,” she wrote. “Words just cannot describe how much this pains me. Chris was such a pure spirit. He filled any room he walked into with so much joy and laughter. He always knew how to make me smile. I love you bro.”
Kerstin Frank, Reed’s girlfriend and a figure skating coach, shared a sweet photo of the two on her page Tuesday with the caption, “You will always be the love of my life...my soulmate...my match made in heaven. I know we will be together one day again my love.”
“You are such a special person to me and everyone who had the chance to get to know you,” Frank added.
While skating with his older sister Cathy, Reed became a seven-time Japanese national champion, and the two competed in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.
After Cathy’s retirement in 2015, Reed partnered with Kana Muramoto and the two competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics, placing 15th.
Reed announced his retirement on December 31, 2019.
“He always wanted to stay involved in the sport and to help to develop ice dance in Japan,” said an International Skating Union press release. “He was busily preparing for his second career as a choreographer and ice dance coach with his sister Cathy in Japan.”
He will be missed.