Chris Reed, an ice dancer who represented Japan at three different Olympics, died on Saturday of a heart attack in Detroit, the Japan Skating Federation announced on Tuesday.
Reed’s sister also confirmed the news through Instagram on Monday.
“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,” Allison 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.”
His girlfriend Kerstin Frank wrote on Instagram: “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.”
Chris Reed sorely missed
Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to a Japanese mother and American father, Reed and both of his sisters would go onto become Olympic ice dancers.
“Our mom loved the sport of ice skating,” Reed told The Japan Times in December 2007.
“She never skated, but she loved watching it. We just kept skating for fun and entering local competitions.”
Reed chose to represent Japan on the world stage and initially competed alongside his older Cathy.
The pair qualified for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
After his sister retired, Reed paired with Kana Muramoto and again reached the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.
The pair would also become the first Asian ice dancers to medal in an International Skating Union Championship event, winning bronze at the 2018 Four Continents Championship.
Reed announced his retirement on December 31, 2019.
I am so saddened to learn of Chris Reed’s passing. I’ve known the Reeds since I just started to dance, and Chris’ light and energy was a staple in the rink. Being able to compete with him later on was always a joy!! Always laughing, always smiling, always there to lift my spirits— Zach Donohue (@ZachTDonohue) March 17, 2020
Shocked to learn of the sudden passing of Japanese ice dancer Chris Reed over the weekend. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this sad time for them. https://t.co/u7ebHcG4lm— Europe On Ice (@europeonice) March 17, 2020
Chris Reed 😭— Phantom Kabocha (@Phantom_Kabocha) March 17, 2020
Terrible news, I am shocked and saddened.
I loved his skating with Cathy and Kana, I will always remember... 😭
(2013 Skate America, 2018 Worlds, 2017 Worlds) pic.twitter.com/6YGFDnqiK6
Japan's three-time figure skating Olympian Chris Reed has died after suffering a heart attack, aged 30. https://t.co/UIxQFiB7wS— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) March 17, 2020
We remember his performance at PyeongChang 2018 with ice dance partner Kana Muramoto. pic.twitter.com/d8mK3FY4HL
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