Aryna Sabalenka suffers tragedy, long-term boyfriend suddenly dies in Miami at 42

Sabalenka and Konstantin Koltsov started dating in 2021.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Aryna Sabalenka suffers tragedy, long-term boyfriend suddenly dies in Miami at 42
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Aryna Sabalenka has been struck with unbelievably painful tragedy as her boyfriend Konstantin Koltsov suddenly passed away at the age of 42 while with her in Miami. 

On Monday, reports started coming out from Belarusian hockey sites that former Belarusian hockey star Koltsov suddenly died while in Miami. In those moments, many were hoping that it was just fake news but then Russian hockey club Salavat Yulaev - for which Koltsov once played - confirmed the death of their former player in a statement. 

Aryna Sabalenka and Konstantin Koltsov
Aryna Sabalenka and Konstantin Koltsov© Aryna Sabalenka - Instagram
 

"It is with deep sorrow that we inform you that Salavat Yulaev coach Konstantin Koltsov has passed away," Salavat Yulaev said in a statement. 

"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. Koltsov won the Russian Championship and the Gagarin Cup as part of Salavat Yulaev, and did a great job on the team's coaching staff.

"The hockey club 'Salavat Yulaev' expresses its condolences to the family and friends of Konstantin Evgenievich Koltsov. Bright memory..."

Sabalenka started dating Koltsov in 2021 

After a successful 18-year career, Koltsov retired from pro hockey in 2016. 

In 2021, Koltsov started dating Belarusian tennis star Sabalenka and the two instantly became inseparable as he accompanied her in pretty much all tournaments. In the last three years, 25-year-old Sabalenka spoke highly of Koltsov numerous times and she was often posting on Instagram about their moments. 

Aryna Sabalenka and Konstantin Koltsov
Aryna Sabalenka and Konstantin Koltsov© Aryna Sabalenka - Instagram
 

Before he started dating Sabalenka, Koltsov had three kids from his previous marriage. Sabalenka absolutely loved spending time with Koltsov's kids and once even joked that she considers herself a great stepmother. 

Just last month, Sabalenka confirmed to a fan during a Q&A session that she would love to have kids in the future. 

"Yes I do (want to have kids). Maybe in five years, or 10, or maybe in three. I'll let universe decide this (laughing emoji)," Sabalenka wrote.

In 2019, Sabalenka suffered a major tragedy when her father Sergey died at the age of 43. 

Sabalenka withdrawing from Miami after her boyfriend's sudden death wouldn't be surprising. 

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