Russian Poker Star Dies From Electrocution in Bathtub, Reports Say

By Jack Phillips

A Russian online poker star was found dead in her Moscow home last week after she was reportedly electrocuted by a hair dryer while taking a bath.

Liliya Novikova, 26, went by the username “liay5” on online poker websites. She also regularly appeared on the streaming platform Twitch, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

She also has a following on Instagram.

“During the initial examination, traces of an electrical injury were found on the victim’s body,” an official said, reported the Russian state-run news agency TASS, the ABC reported.

Her body was found by a neighbor, according to the report.

“Relatives became agitated when the girl stopped responding to phone calls and asked her neighbor to check on her … She found the girl’s body,” the ABC quoted a law enforcement source as saying.

Her death was also announced on her official VK page. VK is a Russian social media network.

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“Leah passed away. Yesterday. Accident. She is no more. She left us,” the translated post said.

A number of fans paid tribute to her on Twitter.

Photos posted to her Instagram account showed her posing outside just days prior to her death.

Novikova was a graduate from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University and was also a design engineer, The Independent reported.

Her “outstanding intellect and deep mathematical knowledge” helped her win poker games, the paper also reported.

Novikova also reportedly died about four days before her 27th birthday.