Friday, January 11, 2008

Christopher Bowman Dead

Two-time U.S. figure skating champion Christopher Bowman was found dead at a North Hills, California motel Thursday afternoon.

Bowman was found shortly after noon inside the Budget Inn in the 9100 block of Sepulveda Boulevard. His death is being investigated as a possible drug overdose, said Lt. Joe Bale of the Los Angeles County Coroner's office. The coroner's office must determine whether his death was accidental or a suicide.

John Nicks, Bowmans coach for the 1992 Olympics, called Bowman "talented but entertaining and a very congenial guy." Nicks added, "The great pity about it is he never realized his outstanding talent. He's one of the most talented figure skaters of all time but he had an erratic training discipline. There were times he would work hard and lots of times that he didn't."

"If I had to pick the three most talented skaters of all time, I would pick Christopher as one," Brian Boitano said. "He had natural charisma, natural athleticism, he could turn on a crowd in a matter of seconds, and he always seemed so relaxed about it."

UPDATE: Former national figure skating champion Christopher Bowman died from a drug overdose and an enlarged heart. The two-time champion's blood-alcohol level was 0.12 percent and toxicology tests also revealed cocaine, Valium and marijuana. Also present was the prescription medicine Seroquel, which is used to treat bipolar disorder. An initial autopsy done two days after Bowman's death was not conclusive, and police had said there was no sign of foul play or illegal drug use in the motel room where Bowman was found.

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