In February this year, Alexandrovskaya had retired from the sport owing to her injuries.
On Friday, the International Skating Union confirmed that Olympic figure skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya died at the age of 20. According to the Associated Press, the Russian athlete died in Moscow, but the cause of her death was not immediately released. "The ISU is shocked by the news of Ekaterina's passing," President Jan Dijkema said in a statement on ISU's website. "She was a talented pair skater and the Figure Skating community will miss her. We offer our deepest sympathies to her family, friends, and teammates and mourn this tragic loss." Though Alexandrovskaya was born in Russia, in 2016, she gained her Australian citizenship, reports PEOPLE.
At the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, she competed for Australia alongside Harley Windsor. The duo came 18th, but the previous year, the two of them had bagged the world junior title. In February this year, Alexandrovskaya retired from the sport owing to her injuries. She and Windsor also announced the end of their partnership. At the time, he shared: It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart to announce that Katia and myself have decided to end our skating career together as a pair. Due to health concerns, Katia and I are unable to continue. I want to take this opportunity to wish Katia all the best in the future and a quick recovery.
After the news of his skating partner's death reached him, Windsor took to Instagram to express his sorrow, writing: Words can not describe how I feel right now, I am devastated and sick to my core about the sad and sudden passing of Katia. The amount we had achieved during our partnership is something I can never forget and will always hold close to my heart. This news is something you can never prepare for. Rest In Peace Katia. Ian Chesterman, the chef de mission for the Australian team at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, told the AP that Alexandrovskaya was "incredibly determined."
“It is enormously sad to lose Katia, who was a vibrant and talented person and an incredible athlete,” Chesterman said. “She was quiet and humble in her manner but incredibly determined to be the best she could be. Life since the Games has not been easy for her and this is another timely reminder of just how fragile life is.” Although the cause of death has not been confirmed as per The Wrap, Russian news agency Tass states that Alexandrovskaya allegedly died by suicide. The publication alleges that Alexandrovskaya took her own life by jumping from her apartment window in Moscow and that she left behind a suicide note.
“The body of 20-year-old Aleksandrovskaya was found near a house on the street in 1905. The preliminary cause of death is suicide,” the agency’s source said. She left a note with the word "love". The source also revealed that this wasn't her first attempt at taking her own life. She tried to do so after an injury. According to Daily Mail, she was forced to put an end to her career after she was diagnosed with Epilepsy. Local media then reported that she was forced to work in a strip club to make ends meet while she struggled to come to terms with her diagnosis.
Her mother was reportedly hospitalized "with shock" in Moscow after the skater's body was discovered. Reports also suggest that the skater was intoxicated before she plunged to her death. A female friend named Veronika revealed Alexandrovskaya was depressed. "She felt lonely. I supported her as best I could... but due to circumstances, I could not devote much time to her, which I regret now. I was due to meet her the other day," she said. While the cause of her death has been reported as a suicide, no official comment from the police or her family has been released yet.