Two-time Grand Slam winner Aryna Sabalenka’s boyfriend’s death an ‘apparent suicide’: Miami-Dade police

Two-time Grand Slam winner Aryna Sabalenka's boyfriend's death an 'apparent suicide': Miami-Dade police

Archival photo by Konstantin Koltsov©AFP

The death of former NHL ice hockey player Konstantin Koltsov, boyfriend of tennis star Aryna Sabalenka, is being treated as an “apparent suicide,” Miami-Dade police said Tuesday. Police spokesman Argemis Colome said in an email that at 12:39 a.m. (0439 GMT) Monday, police “were dispatched to the St. Regis Bal Harbor Resort in reference to a man who jumped from a balcony”. “The Miami-Dade Police Department, Homicide Bureau, responded and took over the investigation into the apparent suicide of Mr. Konstantin Koltsov. No foul play is suspected,” he added.

Belarusian Sabalenka, a two-time Grand Slam champion, is expected to compete at the Miami Open later this week.

There was no immediate indication whether the 25-year-old, who won the Australian Open in 2023 and retained her title in Melbourne earlier this year, would continue with her program or withdraw from the tournament.

Koltsov’s death was confirmed on Tuesday by the Belarusian hockey federation.

“We are in mourning,” the federation said on its website.

“The Belarusian Hockey Federation expresses its deepest condolences to the family, friends and everyone who knew and worked with Konstantin.”

Koltsov’s playing career included a stint with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL, where he played in 144 games between 2003 and 2006.

“The Penguins extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of former Penguins forward Konstantin Koltsov,” the team said in a statement.

He also represented Belarus at two Olympic Games – in Salt Lake City in 2002 and Vancouver in 2010 – as well as nine world championships.

He had three children with his wife Julia, whom he divorced in 2020 before starting a relationship with Sabalenka.

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