Russian supermodel with ‘fairytale’ beauty, age 20, plummets to her death
A stunning Kazakh supermodel committed suicide
by jumping to her death from the ninth floor of her luxurious lower Manhattan building
on Saturday (June 28, 2008), police sources and neighbors said.
Ruslana Korshunova, 20, a long-haired lovely who once graced the cover of Russian Vogue,
plummeted onto busy Water St. in the Financial District around 2:30 p.m.,
according to sources and building residents.
On Sunday, police ruled the model’s death a suicide.
Korshunova died from blunt impact injuries,
said a spokeswoman for the city’s medical examiner.
Investigators said there were no signs of a struggle inside Korshunova’s apartment
and believe she jumped from the balcony,
which is next to a skyscraper construction site, a law enforcement source said.
The window from which she fell had a balcony,
which had construction netting around it that appeared to have been cut.
Witnesses to Korshunova’s deadly spill had no idea that the stunner
- shoeless and dressed in blue jeans and a purple tank top -
was a famous model but noticed her beauty right away.
“All I saw was something moving out of the corner of my eye, and then boom,”
said one witness, Syeve Metzger.
“It sounded like a bass drum when she hit the ground.
“I turned around just as she was about 3 feet off the ground and then, boom, she hit,”
said witness Ahmed Saad, 22, who was manning a nearby halal food cart.
Another onlooker who was talking to a cop at the time of the incident
described the sound of the fall as “a bomb explosion or a gun shot”.
When he and the cop rushed by, they initially thought the girl was run over by a car.
“Her arms were crushed, her head was on the left side…
Everything in her body was broken and blood was coming out in a pool.”
Korshunova’s elite modeling agency, IMG, was grappling with the tragedy last night
and gathering information about her death and work schedule.