Who is Kara Burmachuk? Mark Pavelich’s Wife, Wiki, Biography
Kara Burmachuk was the wife of Mark Pavelich, an American professional ice hockey forward who played 355 regular-season games in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, and San Jose Sharks between 1981 and 1992. Pavelich was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that won the gold medal in what has been called the “Miracle on Ice”.
Kara Burmachuk Died from an Accidental Fall
Kara died at age 44 in an accidental fall from a second-story balcony at their home in 2012. Two years later, Pavelich sold his gold medal for $262,900 at auction, saying he was not in financial trouble and just wanted to provide financial security for his adult daughter.
Pavelich’s first wife was Sue Koski on September 11, 1985. The couple had one daughter, Tarja, in 1987 and divorced in 1989.
Mark Pavelich Death & Cause
He died on March 4, 2021, at a residential treatment center for mental illness in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. He is the second member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to die, the first being Bob Suter.
Officials in Anoka County, Minnesota, confirmed Friday that Pavelich died at the Eagle’s Healing Nest in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, on Thursday morning. The cause and manner of death are still pending.
“We are saddened to hear about the passing of 1980 Olympic gold medalist Mark Pavelich,” USA Hockey said in a statement. “We extend our deepest condolences to Mark’s family & friends. (He is) forever a part of hockey history.”