Ice Dancer Chris Reed Passes Away

March 18, 2020 | 3772 Visits

Ice Dancer Chris Reed Passes Away


Update: Chris Reed’s funeral will take place Saturday March 21, 2020 at 8am EST at Shrader-Howell Funeral Home in Plymouth, Michigan according to his obituary. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Reed’s funeral will be livestreamed through the Schrader-Howell Funeral Website, Facebook and Instagram beginning at 8:00am EST on Saturday, March 21.


The figure skating world lost one of their own over the weekend (March 14, 2020) as Japanese-American ice dancer Chris Reed passed away. He was only 30. Reed’s younger sister, Allison, who is an ice dancer for Lithuania, confirmed the news on Instagram.



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“I am absolutely stunned by the sad news,” Japanese Skating Federation president Nagashima Akihisa said. “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.”

Reed, who represented Japan with his partner Kana Muramoto, died following a heart attack at his home in Detroit, Michigan where he and Muramoto trained prior to their partnership ending in 2018. Muramoto now skates with Takahashi Daisuke. Reed retired from competitive skating December 31, 2019.

Reed, who was born to an American father and Japanese mother, was a three-time Olympian. During the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi games, he skated with his sister Cathy Reed, who is now a coach and choreographer for Team Japan. She retired from competitive figure skating in 2015, which lead Chris to pairing with Muramoto, with whom he ice-danced during the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games.

Following news of Reed’s passing, members of the figure skating community shared their condolences on social media.










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Wir trauern mit der Familie und Freunden von Chris Reed, der vergangenes Wochenende von uns gegangen ist. Wir wünschen besonders @kerstinfrank88 viel Kraft in dieser schwierigen Zeit! ? #RIP #SkateAustria #WIRsindWinter #ÖsterEis #FigureSkating

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His girlfriend, Austrian figure skating Kerstin Frank, also shared a heartfelt post on Instagram.



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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 ❤️

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Following his retirement, Reed decided to become a coach and choreographer in Japan. He and his sister, Cathy, created their own ice dance school, Kinoshita Academy, in January 2020. The academy is inside Kanku Ice Arena in Osaka, Japan.

May Chris rest in peace. We send our condolences to his family and friends.




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—-Olivia Murray

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