An “extremely gifted” 17-year-old violinist who went to a top High Wycombe school was tragically found dead in the bathroom at her father’s mansion, an inquest heard today (Friday).
Ekaterina Tsukanova, the daughter of Russian banker Igor Tsukanov, was found dead at the £9.5 million address on Tuesday, June 18, this year.
The talented violinist trained at the Royal College of Music and at the time of her death, was a student at Wycombe Abbey in High Wycombe.
Her last performance was at the Royal Opera House in London just eight days before she was found dead.
The inquest at Westminster coroner’s Court was told that her brother tried to get into the bathroom at around 6.15am, but her body was blocking the door.
Paramedics rushed to the mansion in Kensington, west London, and tried to resuscitate her, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
A post mortem examination concluded she had died from “fatal compression to the neck.”
Ekaterina had come home from seeing friends at around 3.30am that morning but was not seen alive again, the inquest heard.
Westminster coroner Dr Shirley Radcliff ruled that she had died by “misadventure” – and that she had not intended to kill herself.
Earlier this year, her father reported that she had died of a drugs overdose from a cocktail of cocaine and ketamine known as a ‘Calvin Klein.’ But a toxicology report showed that although she had almost twice the drink-drive limit of alcohol in her blood, there were no drugs present whatsoever.
The inquest was told that on June 5, 2018, just over a year before her death, she met with a psychologist and confessed she had been self harming and drinking to cope with GCSE exam stress.
Her therapist, Tanya Lecchi, told the inquest that Ekaterina went through “dark periods.”
She said: “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.”
The teenager also admitted drinking to cope with stress, the inquest heard.
Because of her musical career, Ekaterina was unable to keep attending sessions and was not seen by Dr Lecchi again until November 2018.
During that meeting the girl said she hoped to apply to go the prestigious American universities Harvard or Yale and was doing better.
Dr Lecchi said: “She told me that she was feeling better. Her mood was more stable and she was drinking less.
“There were no signs of risk.”
Concluding the hour-long hearing, Dr Radcliff said: “I was told that she had seen a psychologist in 2018 because of stress around he exams and there was no previous attempt at suicide.
“I was told that she had been out with friends that night before and she had returned home at about 2.30am, gone out again and then was last online – showed by mobile phone downloads – at 3.21am and was believed to have returned to the home address at that point and was let in by her father.”
She added: “This is a young girl who clearly had some psychological problems.
“There was no suicide note, there had been no previous attempt, there was no significant history of psychological significance.
“At the time she was intoxicated and, in a young girl, that has led me to consider if she had a clear thought to harm herself or if this was an impulsive act.
“I conclude that this was a case of misadventure – she deliberately undertook an act that had unexpected consequences.”