The London Knights and the Ontario Hockey League announced the death of center Abakar Kazbekov on Saturday. Let’s see how did the young player die and Abakar Kazbekov cause of death in detail.
How did Abakar Kazbekov die?
Abakar Kazbekov died suddenly at the age of 18. The Unitednited statement had no further information. According to Knights officials, Abakar Kazbekov was “a valued member of the team since 2021,” and they added, “Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and teammates.”
On Saturday morning, the Knights’ players met in Budweiser Gardens, where they play their home games. The team’s pre-Christmas break luncheon that was scheduled for later in the day as well as their afternoon game against Flint were both canceled.
The London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League stated on Saturday that an 18-year-old player had passed away unexpectedly, forcing them to postpone their afternoon game.
Statement from the London Knights and the Ontario Hockey League on the sudden passing of Abakar Kazbekov. pic.twitter.com/JgpYOZq3fk
— London Knights (@LondonKnights) December 17, 2022
Later, the OHL revealed that two other games, between the Erie Otters and the Saginaw Spirit and the Peterborough Petes and Kingston Frontenacs, were also postponed “out of sensitivity” to the individuals involved and “who were close” to Kazbekov.
Abakar Kazbekov cause of death
Several media outlets reported that Kazbekov passed away on Saturday morning after falling from an apartment building in the city. Abakar Kazbekov cause of death is believed as suicide. However, there is no official information. London police are looking into the matter, but foul play is not suspected.
According to sources, Kazbekov passed away in the city’s center, where London police on Saturday morning shut down an intersection after discovering a body outside a high-end condo building. Outside the Azure Condominiums, Talbot Street was blocked off by police tape near Dufferin Avenue.
Just after 8 a.m., according to the police, the scene was contacted. Near 8:20 a.m., London Police Service officers were called to the scene after being informed that Kazbekov’s body was lying on the pavement at the corner of Dufferin Avenue and Talbot Street.
While the inquiry went on throughout the afternoon on Saturday, Talbot Street was still closed between Kent Street and Dufferin Avenue.
We’re all just floored by the death of Abakar Kazbekov. I’ve talked to some who were close to him today. There really are no words. He was a true gentleman. Came to Canada with no English 3 years ago and was helping me with translation this season.
— Ryan Pyette (@RyanatLFPress) December 17, 2022
Kazbekov’s passing shocked the Ontario Hockey League, calling it a “devastating loss,” and astonished Londoners, prompting public responses from Mayor Josh Morgan and Police Chief Steve Williams.
“Our heartfelt condolences to Abakar’s family and loved ones, including his London Knights teammates and the entire Knights organization,” Williams announced on social media.
Who was Abakar Kazbekov?
Abakar Kazbekov, a hockey player from Richmond Hill, Ontario, was born on May 30, 2004, and played from 2021 to 2023.
He played for the Ontario Hockey League.
The 18-year-old participated in the Owen Sound Attack’s 5-2 home win on Friday. Kazbekov made 12 appearances with London in 2022–2023 and recorded one assist.
The Knights selected the six-foot-one Russian center in the first round of the under-18 draught in 2021. At the time, Kazbekov’s “excellent hockey sense, top playmaking abilities, and… Tremendous shot” were lauded by GM Mark Hunter.
Kazbekov had previously played for the AAA U16 Vaughan Kings team. Over the last two seasons, he appeared in 21 games for the Knights and contributed two points.
Tributes to Abakar Kazbekov
North Bay Battalion tweeted,
The North Bay Battalion expresses its condolences to family, friends and teammates of Abakar Kazbekov of the London Knights on his sudden passing. There will be a moment of silence in his memory before the Battalion’s home game at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Saginaw Spirit tweeted,
The Saginaw Spirit sends our deepest and most sincere condolences the entire family and friends of Abakar Kazbekov and the entire London Knights Community. Our thoughts are with you all during this tragic time.
Regina Pats tweeted,
The Regina Pats organization sends its sincerest condolences to the Kazbekov family, the London Knights, and all of Abakar’s friends and teammates. May he Rest in Peace.
Red Deer Rebels tweeted,
The Red Deer Rebels send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Abakar Kazbekov and the entire Knights organization.
My most sincere condolences to the Kazbekov family, Abakar’s teammates,friends and loved ones. May you rest in peace #RIP
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