(February 17, 1966 – March 11, 1995) Sweden
Ice hockey player
He was stabbed to death on his way home from a local disco by a 19-year-old skinhead who said that Karlsson had tried to date him. Over 60 knife wounds were found on Karlsson body. Due to his popularity, his death received extensive media coverage in Sweden. His ice hockey team arranged a protest march, which included over 2000 participants, in honor of their murdered team-mate.
The skinhead received an eight-year sentence for manslaughter. Swedish gay groups protested that the verdict should have been murder, not manslaughter.
Brian Pronger, a lecturer at the University of Toronto and the author of a book about homosexuality and sports, says five high-profile NHL players are gay.