Chris Reed dies of heart attack aged 30

Three-time Olympian competed for Japan in 2010, 2014, and 2018

Japanese ice dancer Chris Reed has died aged 30, the country's skating federation announced today (17 March).

The three-time Olympian suffered a heart attack and passed away in Detroit, Michigan, where he was based, at 11:20 am on 14 March (12:20 am 15 March Japanese time).

He competed with sister Cathy Reed at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, finishing 17th and 21st respectively.

At PyeongChang 2018, he teamed up with Muramoto Kana and placed 15th. That was his last international competition.

Chris Reed competes with Muramoto Kana at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Chris Reed competes with Muramoto Kana at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)Chris Reed competes with Muramoto Kana at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Reed was born to an American father and Japanese mother in 1989, and chose to represent Japan internationally.

He retired from figure skating at the end of 2019, having split from Muramoto who is now skating with Takahashi Daisuke.

Japanese Skating Federation president Nagashima Akihisa said in a short statement: "I am absolutely stunned by the sad news. I would like to offer my deepest appreciation to Chris Reed for his contribution to Japanese ice dancing over the years and extend condolences to his family.

"May Mr. Reed rest in peace."

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