Saturday, November 16, 2019

17 year-old violinist found hanged in her Russian banker father's £9m west London mansion


A gifted teenage violinist was found hanged at her father's mansion just eight days after she performed at the Royal Opera House, an inquest has heard.

Katya Tsukanova, the 17-year-old daughter of Russian banker Igor Tsukanov, was found dead at her £9m home in west London on June 18 this year.

An inquest today heard that Katya, who was a student at the £12,600-a-term Wycombe Abbey boarding school in Buckinghamshire, had previously told a psychologist she was struggling to cope with GCSE exam stress, but was on a gap year before starting her A-Levels when she died.

Her father initially believed a cocktail of drugs, known as a 'Calvin Klein', may have contributed to her death, but the inquest heard she had alcohol but no drugs in her system. She died from fatal compression to the neck.

Westminster Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliff ruled that she had died by 'misadventure' and had not intended to kill herself.

Katya had trained at the Royal College of Music and had been named best young musician of the year at last year's Suoni dal Golfo festival in Italy.

She had performed a recital of Tchaikovsky works at the Royal Opera House in London just eight days before she was found dead.Her father initially believed a cocktail of drugs, known as a 'Calvin Klein', may have contributed to her death, but the inquest heard she had alcohol but no drugs in her system. She died from fatal compression to the neck.

Westminster Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliff ruled that she had died by 'misadventure' and had not intended to kill herself.

Katya had trained at the Royal College of Music and had been named best young musician of the year at last year's Suoni dal Golfo festival in Italy.

She had performed a recital of Tchaikovsky works at the Royal Opera House in London just eight days before she was found dead.

Her therapist, Tanya Lecchi, told the inquest: 'When she was low her motivation was affected and became pre-occupied with negative and self doubting thoughts.

'She said she sometimes thought that she did not want to live anymore but didn't want to kill herself.

'She described some hopelessness and some helplessness at times. She described low moods, particularly during her mock exams.'

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