Two-time U.S. figure skating champion (1989 & 1992) Christopher Bowman was found dead at a hotel in the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles at 12:06 p.m. on January 10, and authorities suspect a drug overdose could be to blame. Known as "Bowman the Showman," Christopher won the audience over with his extraordinary talent, personality and flair on the ice, but his accomplishments were at times overshadowed by his struggles with drugs and alcohol. An autopsy is scheduled for this weekend.
(Update January 13: The Los Angeles County coroner's office advised that they will need six to eight weeks to determine the cause of death. They are investigating whether he died from natural causes or a possible overdose of prescription drugs.)
(Update January 17: Christopher's funeral Mass was held today at St. Cyril's Catholic Church in suburban Encino, where he attended grade school and was confirmed.)
This is hard on me, and I'm not totally in charge of my emotions. It's interesting how you can have a love-hate relationship with somebody and love them, care about them and at the same time, despise the dark side of them that comes about for whatever reason. [That dark side] was disgusting, and basically destroyed a very lovely human being.
In addition to winning the U.S. figure skating championships, Christopher also was a two-time world medalist (1989 & 1990), skated in the Winter Olympics (1988 & 1992), and won Skate America three times (1989, 1990 & 1992). Here is a link to Christopher's winning performance in the 1992 Skate America. His coach at the time was Canadian champion Toller Cranston and you can see Toller's influence everywhere in the program -- perfection.