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Skating Champ Bowman Found Dead in Motel

1/11/2008 11:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A former U.S. figure skating champ, Christopher "The Showman" Bowman, 40, was found dead yesterday in a motel room -- and cops say the cause may be a drug overdose.
Chris Bowman
Bowman was found by a friend on Thursday morning at a Budget Inn in North Hills, Calif., according to cops. His mother, Joyce, told the Detroit Free Press, "He just passed away in his sleep. His friend told me that he was fine. He just went to bed and didn't wake up."

As a skater, Bowman was known for his showmanship. He skated in the Olympics in 1988 and 1992. He had previously been in treatment for drug problems.

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ihatestupidpeople    

He was also on Little House on the Prarie. I can't place him.... Anyone know what character he played?

2385 days ago
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ANONYMOUS    

Who the hell is that? I feel bad, but hell I'd feel worse if I'd heard of him....

2385 days ago
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psychobabble    

Yikes!

2385 days ago
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kasey    

who??

2385 days ago
5.

Stick    

Fat people should not ice skate.

2385 days ago
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jollyex    

Too bad. Hope it wasn't drug related but if it was maybe some of these popwrecks will get a clue. Never mind.

2385 days ago
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Goldie Hand    

Coke adds life, well not always

2385 days ago
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aliendogfear    

He played Benjamin in two episodes on Little House during the 1978-79 season, then was a recurring character during the last season when they called the show Little House: A New Beginning.

2385 days ago
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Goldie Hand    

WHERE WERE THE PARENTS? SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE STEPPED IN! STUPID K_FED. OH THE INSANITY

2385 days ago
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Jeremy P    

I have never heard of this guy and I actaully watch figure skating and i am straight, go figure
Jeremy lesser means looking down a short street

2385 days ago
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my    

He wasnt on little house on the prarie, that was someone else.

2385 days ago
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jollyex    

#4 - Fat people don't skate. That was 15-20 years ago!

2385 days ago
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scoobsmom    

Chris was a wonderful skater, very talented, and a huge crowd pleaser back in the early 80's. Sadly, he never had much confidence and was inconsistent in his performances. It was sad back then, now it's just tragic.

2385 days ago
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OCD    



I guess he didn't figure out in time that drug abuse never turns out to have a positive outcome on your life.


2385 days ago
15.

heisstillcute    

He was a wonderful skater.....the skating world lost one of the best.

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