OHL (Ontario Hockey League) player Abakar Kazbekov has died after a fall from a high rise in London Ontario. Abakar Kazbekov who was drafted by the London Knights in 2021 has passed away after a fall from an apartment building.
London Police released a statement which reads “Around 8:20 a.m. members of the London Police Service were dispatched to attend the intersection of Dufferin Avenue and Talbot Street for a person that had reportedly fallen from the building,” the police would also state that the death is being investigated by the major crimes unit. Unfortunately due to injuries Abakar Kazbekov had been limited to 21 games over the last two seasons however many considered him on the fast road to the NHL.
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A man fell to his death Saturday from a downtown London, Ont. apartment building.
The London Police Service (LPS) Major Crime Section is investigating after the body was found on the sidewalk Saturday morning.
“Around 8:20 a.m. members of the London Police Service were dispatched to attend the intersection of Dufferin Avenue and Talbot Street for a person that had reportedly fallen from the building,” said LPS Const. Travis Buckle.
He added, “Officers arrived on scene and located a person who was deceased.”
Hours later, CTV News London learned the deceased was London Knights forward Abakar Kazbekov.
The team and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) later released a statement confirming the sudden passing of the 18-year old.
“Abakar has been a valued member of the team since 2021,” Knights officials said. “Our thoughts are with his family, friends and teammates.”
The Knights also announced the postponement of their game Saturday afternoon against the Flint Firebirds.
The 6’ 1” centre from Moscow, Russia was the Knights first pick in the under 18 draft in 2021.
Injuries limited him to just 21 games over two seasons, but he did play in Friday’s win over the Owen Sound Attack.
A source who knew Kazbekov said he was a “great kid” and that his death was “totally unexpected.”
LPS have yet to identify the deceased, and said no foul play is suspected.
“The investigation is still in its early stages and it’s been handed over to our Major Crime Section for further investigation,” said Buckle.