Sat Jan 19 18:56:01 EST 2019
Former U.S. figure skater John Coughlin died in Kansas City on Friday, according to his sister Angela Laune. He was 33.
“My wonderful, strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life earlier today,” Laune wrote on Facebook. “I have no words.”
The Kansas City Police Department has not yet issued a police report, but Sergeant Jake Becchina confirmed to PEOPLE that officers were dispatched to the 10900 block of Washington Street on Friday at approximately 4:54 p.m. in response to an apparent death by suicide. Becchina confirmed that the deceased was identified as John Coughlin of Kansas City.
Coughlin was a two-time U.S. Pairs Champion and worked as a coach, TV commentator and skater with U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union. He participated in two world championships, placing sixth in 2011 and eighth in 2012.
According to USA Today, on Dec. 17, SafeSport — an organization that has “exclusive jurisdiction over sexual misconduct” in the Olympic loop and investigates other abuse allegations across multiple sports — restricted Coughlin’s eligibility to participate in figure skating pending final resolution of a matter presented to them. On Jan. 8, Coughlin resigned from his post as U.S. brand manager for John Wilson Blades, a skating blade retail company, USA Today reported.
On Thursday, SafeSport called for an “temporary suspension” of Coughlin, according to a release from the Professional Skating Association that was sent to members and obtained by PEOPLE.
The statement noted that Coughlin was “prohibited from participating, in any capacity, in any activity or competition authorized by, organized by, or under the auspices of the United States Olympic Committee, the national governing bodies recognized by the United States Olympic Committee, including U.S. Figure Skating, and/or a Local Affiliated Organization of a national governing body recognized by the United States Olympic Committee.”
U.S. Figure Skating then followed up with their own suspension, according to the statement, noting he was suspended “pending final resolution of the matter by the U.S. Center for Safesport.”
The details of the investigation or why he was suspended were not provided, as it is against SafeSport’s policy to comment on ongoing investigations.
“A suspension means there have been enough allegations or concern about safety to where we say, ‘This person just cannot participate at all,'” a source familiar with SafeSport’s process tells PEOPLE, explaining the difference between restricted status and interim suspension.
While some people have been calling for SafeSport to continue their investigation into Coughlin, the source says the center only operates on concerns of safety, rather than punishment, and they likely would not continue investigations after someone has died.
“We don’t suspend people as punishment,” the source says. “We suspend people when there’s a concern of imminent harm.”
However, the source says some allegations might be reported to law enforcement, which may continue to investigate.
On Jan. 7, Coughlin told USA Today the allegations against him were “unfounded.”
“While I wish I could speak freely about the unfounded allegations levied against me, the SafeSport rules prevent me from doing so since the case remains pending,” he wrote in an email to the outlet. “I note only that the SafeSport notice of allegation itself stated that an allegation in no way constitutes a finding by SafeSport or that there is any merit to the allegation.”
After learning of Coughlin’s passing just one day after the statement was issued, the Professional Skater’s Association addressed his “heartbreaking” death.
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“It is with the greatest of sadness that PSA shares with you the heartbreaking news of the death of our colleague, John Coughlin,” the association told its members in a statement, which was obtained by PEOPLE. “The PSA wishes to extend our deepest sympathies to his family, father Mike, sister Angela, and friends.”
A rep at the Professional Skater’s Association did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Coughlin’s death coincides with the beginning of the National Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, where he was supposed to work as a commentator but could not under the rules of his suspension, according to USA Today.
Many people in the skating world have been mourning the loss of his passing, including his former coach Dalilah Sappenfield.
“Yesterday I received the most numbing, devastating, and heartbreaking call!… My heart aches incredibly to know John took his life yesterday,” she wrote as part of a long note on Facebook. “His family, the skating community, and I lost a very special man who lived his life with integrity and kindness.”
Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir offered his condolences on Twitter, writing, “John Coughlin was a person who made things fun. He was a person who was talented, had an incredible laugh & would go out of his way to cheer someone up. His kindness is something I’ll never forget and his light will be missed. My prayers are with his family & friends.”
Chris Knierim, a member of a pairs Olympic Figure Skating team, tweeted that he had “no words” and was “so sad,” before coming to Coughlin’s defense in response to tweets from people who he thinks prematurely drew conclusions about the allegations in the absence of an official outcome.
“I’m behaving as if there is no conviction,” he wrote. “I’m not heavy on one side or the other. When the final verdict comes out after the investigation is over I will not fight it. True or false it’s all a terrible situation for everyone involved.”
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Sat Jan 19 18:33:28 EST 2019
The third-annual Women’s March was held in numerous cities across the globe on Saturday, and many celebrities joined women across the country to protest against the policies of President Donald Trump.
In New York City, Bryan Cranston appeared on a balcony on Broadway, where he is currently starring in Network, to cheer on the crowd and show his support.
“The Women’s March from my balcony at the Belasco Theater in New York!” Cranston, 62, wrote on Instagram, alongside a video of the “exciting” day.
“Exciting to witness and support these powerful women of all ages, colors and creeds. Change is coming!” he wrote, alongside the hashtags “#womensmarch #womanempowerment.”
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“Got to hang with these lovelies at the #womensmarch today,” the Westworld star, 31, captioned a shot of herself standing alongside Britton and Michaelson at the event.
Britton, 51, and Rippon, 29, also shared photographs on their Instagram Stories of themselves posing with marchers.
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However, Dern did have something positive and uplifting to share: “The great news is we’re on Air France and our pilot is female and globally only three percent of pilots are female,” she said.
“So while you’re all marching, thank you so much,” she added. “We have a lot of work to do so keep marching. Happy Women’s March!”
Amy Schumer, who is currently pregnant with her first child, also supported the march online, as it appeared she was unable to attend.
“Sending strength to all of the women marching today!!” she wrote alongside a sonograph of her baby on the way. “We won’t stop cause we can’t stop! Even my baby knows it.”
Despite the mission of the Women’s March, this year’s event has been battling negative press.
The co-president of Women’s March Inc., Tamika Mallory, has been criticized for her association with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has often used anti-Semitic and homophobic rhetoric. She upset many supporters of the Women’s March after posting a photo with him and describing him as “the GOAT” (greatest of all time).
Mallory didn’t fully condemn Farrakhan when she appeared on The View with co-president Bob Bland on Jan. 14, despite her organization’s anti-hate premise.
On the program, Mallory argued that while she does not agree “with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements,” she can still appreciate his efforts on behalf of the black community.
“Everywhere that I go is difficult,” Mallory told co-host Meghan McCain. “The Women’s March was very difficult. I met with a lot of women who did not even understand why race was important… part of the conversation as it relates to women’s rights issues.”
The organization also faced a wave of anger because of accusations of anti-Semitism amongst the leadership, which stemmed from a lengthy December report by Tablet, a Jewish news magazine. All of the accusations have been forcefully denied multiple times.
In light of the negative attention, a number of groups have decided to stop sponsoring the Women’s March.
One of the biggest is the Democratic National Committee, which no longer appeared on the list of official sponsors on the website after the co-presidents were interviewed on The View, according to The Daily Beast.
Women’s March Inc. did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
As in the past two years, the march in Washington, D.C. will likely be most closely watched.
Saturday’s D.C. march drew less protestors than expected, as it appeared that only thousands attended, according to The Washington Post. The outlet went on to report that marches across the country also experienced lower turnouts than in past years.
Sat Jan 19 17:37:41 EST 2019
Days after their baby girl officially turned one on Tuesday, the proud parents — who are expecting their fourth child via surrogate — threw their daughter an Alice in Wonderland-themed bash at their Hidden Hills, California, home.
After giving her followers a brief glimpse at some of the decorations — which included a topiary maze in the hallway, an elaborate cake with a giant grinning Cheshire cat, and a bouncy house in the backyard — the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, 38, found her son Saint sharing a sweet moment with his baby sister.
“You are so nice sharing with your sister,” Kardashian West could be heard saying alongside a video of her Saint, 3, holding a cup so his sister could drink from it.
For her big day, baby Chicago wore an adorable little dress, which she paired with some sturdy black boots. Meanwhile, Saint wore an oversized shirt with a pair of jeans and sneakers.
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However, there was just one small problem: Chicago seemed more interested in running through the house than actually going to her party!
“Chi, come here, it’s your birthday party,” Kardashian West can be heard calling out in one video, as her daughter starts running off into the distance.
The KKW Beauty mogul went on to share a cute clip of the pair crawling around on the floor.
“These two are always together,” she said to the camera. “Come on guys, let’s go outside.”
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“We’re the first ones here on purpose,” Khloé, 34, told her followers on Snapchat, explaining that she couldn’t wait to see how Kim and her husband decorated for the bash.
“Wow,” she added as she took in the sights.
And as Chicago and Saint teamed up, Kim’s eldest daughter North, 5½, spent some time with her cousin True, 9 months, and her aunt Khloé, who went on take a series of cute photos of the two girls.
On Chicago’s actual birthday earlier this week, her mother was the first in her famous family to share a sweet tribute in honor of the birthday girl.
“Happy Birthday to my pretty girl Chi!!!! The sweetest baby in the whole world!” she wrote alongside an adorable shot of her bundle of joy. “Mommy and Daddy love you so much!”
In the black-and-white photograph, Chicago, who was wearing a white dress, lounged barefoot on a woven surface while throwing the camera a dazzling smile.
Just one day earlier, Kim confirmed that she and her husband would be welcoming another child, via surrogate, during Monday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
The KUTK star also revealed the baby is due “sometime soon.”
“It’s a boy, I think it’s been out there,” Kim told Cohen. “I got drunk at our Christmas Eve party and told some people. I can’t remember who I told because I never get drunk.”