Ruslana Korshunova, a 20 year-old Russian supermodel, plummets to her death in an apparent suicide, from her ninth floor apartment in lower Manhattan.
Truly heart-breaking news, the long-haired beauty, Ruslana Korshunova, 20, apparently jumped to her death into the middle of busy Water St. in the Financial District around 2:30 p.m.
The witnesses to the apparent suicide saw the barefoot woman, dressed in blue jeans and a purple tank top, and noticed her beauty immediately, although they did not realize at the time she was a world-famous model.
Steve Metzger, a witness, said “All I saw was something moving out of the corner of my eye, and then boom. It sounded like a bass drum when she hit the ground,” he said. “She was a pretty girl.”
Investigators on the scene believe Korshunova jumped from her ninth-floor apartment adjacent to a skyscraper construction site.
“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 running a nearby food cart.
Another eyewitness, a stunned Con Ad worker said, “I heard what sounded like a gunshot or a bomb or an explosion.”
“I looked down the street, and I say to the cop, ‘Did that person just get hit by a car?’ ” said the worker, who identified himself only as Patrick, 32, of Brooklyn.
The two men raced over. “Her arms were crushed,” Patrick said. “Her head was on the left side and blood was coming out in a pool.”
Police stated there were no signs of struggle in her apartment.
The window from which she fell had a balcony, which had construction netting around it that appeared to have been cut.
Mahmoud Nakeeb, 45, the doorman of the building, said he arrived for work about 4 p.m. to find Korshunova’s sheet-covered body in the middle of Water Street.
“She’s a very sweet girl. She was always smiling. I never see her depressed,” Nakeeb said. Ruslana Korshunova had moved there only two months ago, renting the one-bedroom apartment, from the condo owner, he said.
A friend of Korshunova’s said she had just returned from a modeling gig in Paris and Ruslana seemed to be “on top of the world.”
“There were no signs,” he said. “That’s what’s driving me crazy. I don’t see one reason why she would do that.”
Ruslana Korshunova was born July 2, 1987 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Police said initial reports indicate no criminality was involved, but they could not confirm the cause of her death until a medical examiner performed an autopsy.
UPDATE: Ruslana Korshunova’s death was ruled as a definite suicide. Posts on a website tell of her sadness, you can view them here.
You can see a tribute video to Ruslana Korshunova here.