Former NHL player Konstantin Koltsov, who was dating tennis star Aryna Sabalenka, dead at 42

Konstantin Koltsov, a former Penguins forward and boyfriend of professional tennis player Aryna Sabalenka, died at the age of 42, according to his former Russian hockey club Salavat Yulaev.

Koltsov’s death has been labeled as an “apparent suicide” and “no foul play is suspected,” the Miami-Dade police department said in a statement.

Police and fire rescue had been summoned at approximately 12:39 a.m. Monday after a male jumped from a Miami balcony at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, according to the statement.

According to investigators on Monday, March 18, 2024, at approximately 12:39 a.m., Bal Harbour Police and Fire Rescue were dispatched to the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, 9703 Collins Avenue, in reference to a male that jumped from a balcony. The Miami-Dade Police Department, Homicide Bureau, responded and has taken over the investigation of the apparent suicide of Mr. Konstantin Koltsov (04/17/1981). No foul play is suspected. 

“It is with deep sorrow that we inform you that the coach of Salavat Yulaev, Konstantin Koltsov, has passed away,” the team said in a statement.

Konstantin Koltsov died at the age of 42, Russian club Salavat Yulaev put out in a statement. Getty Images

“He was a strong and cheerful person, he was loved and respected by players, colleagues, and fans. Konstantin Evgenievich forever wrote himself into the history of our club.

“May he rest in peace.”

Koltsov played for the Penguins from 2002-06, appearing in 144 games for the team across three seasons.

Konstantin Koltsov was the boyfriend of tennis player Aryna Sabalenka. Aryna Sabalenka / Instagram

His best season came in the 2003-04 campaign, when he played in 82 games as a 22-year-old. He tallied career-highs in goals (11), assists (23) and points (34).

For his career, Koltsov registered 14 goals, 29 assists and 43 points after being selected 18th overall by the Penguins in the 1999 NHL Draft.

Koltsov also enjoyed a successful international playing career, playing for the Belarus national team in the 2002 and 2010 Olympics.

Sabalenka and Koltsov first linked in June 2021, according to People magazine. Aryna Sabalenka / Instagram

He won the Russian Super League championship with Salavat Yulaev, which is located in Ufa, in 2008, and had been serving as an assistant coach for the team, according to Reuters.

Koltsov and Sabalenka, who is ranked No. 2, first became linked in June 2021, according to People Magazine.

She posted a heartfelt message to him last April for his birthday: “I love you @koltsov2021
Happy birthday my love. You are my dearest person, my best friend and my strongest support. Peace be with you , strength, patience and health. I hope we will have everything we planned. I love you.”

Koltsov attended Sabalenka’s Australian Open victory earlier this year, per The Athletic.

Sabalenka was in Miami ahead of Miami Open, where she is seeded second, according to the Daily Mail.

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