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Teen violinist dies after Calvin Klein drug overdose in London

A teenage violin prodigy was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in her family’s London mansion on Thursday, the New York Post has reported.

Katya Tsukanova, a leading musician in the UK, died of an apparent overdose from a cocaine and ketamine drug cocktail just days after performing at the Royal Opera House in the city and a few days after her 17th birthday. She had returned from a night out partying with friends when her father, Igor Tsukanov, found her dead in the family’s Kensington home.

Violin prodigy Katya Tsukanova performing as a 9-year-old in 2011. Picture: Supplied
media_cameraViolin prodigy Katya Tsukanova performing as a 9-year-old in 2011. Picture: Supplied

“She was such a smart girl, and she made one bad choice. What can we parents do?” Tsukanov told The Telegraph. “The children will do what they want anyway, and they never tell you the truth.”

Experts warn that “Calvin Klein” binges, which involve ketamine and cocaine, “wreak havoc on the brain’s chemical system and can greatly impair overall brain functioning,” according to a site dedicated to treating ketamine substance abuse.

The late teen’s pal, who asked to remain anonymous, said the drug combo was the “new thing among Katya and her friends.”

“Not just them, though — it’s everywhere,” the friend told The Telegraph.

Tsukanova was the daughter of Russian bankers and millionaire philanthropists Igor Tsukanov and Natasha Tsukanova. Together the couple run the Tsukanov Family Foundation which is involved in funding art and music projects. Natasha Tsukanova is also chair of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s board of governors, according to specialist violin website The Strad.

Katya, who gave her first violin performance at the age of 5, travelled the world playing music, performing at Carnegie Hall and in Russia, Japan and Germany, according to the Telegraph.

17-year-old violin prodigy Katya Tsukanova died of a "Calvin Klein" drug overdose. Picture: Supplied
media_camera17-year-old violin prodigy Katya Tsukanova died of a “Calvin Klein” drug overdose. Picture: Supplied

She was also awarded the best young musician award at the Suoni dal Golfo Music Festival in Lerici, Italy, the newspaper reported.

Speaking from the family mansion in Kensington, Mr Tsukanov told The Telegraph he knew his daughter and her friends did drugs.

“Sometimes she would have parties in my house and I found her friends unconscious. I had to call the ambulance. I never understood why they were like that. It wasn’t from drinking,” he said.

“But I want to make clear that I don’t blame anyone for Katya’s death.”

Investigators are working to determine her exact cause of death.

A concert in her memory will take place on 11 August at Italy’s Suoni dal Golfo festival, The Strad reports.

Originally published as Overdose kills teen violin prodigy

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