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Three Dead As Influencer’s Dry Ice Pool Stunt Ends In Tragedy

Three Dead As Influencer’s Dry Ice Pool Stunt Ends In Tragedy

Three people have died in Moscow after a dry ice stunt to create a dramatic 'visual effect' went tragically wrong.

Influencer Ekaterina Didenko, who has 1.2 million followers on Instagram, held a pool party to celebrate her 29th birthday.

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Yekaterina Didenko was celebrating her 29th birthday. Credit: East2West
Yekaterina Didenko was celebrating her 29th birthday. Credit: East2West

But things took a turn for the worse when a reported 25kg (55lbs) of dry ice was dumped into the pool to impress guests at the Devyaty Val (Ninth Wave) complex.

The dry ice began to melt, flooding the room with carbon dioxide. Partygoers jumped into the pool excited by the 'smoky' effect.

Guests immediately began to choke and fall unconscious. Three died and several more are in hospital.

Ekaterina Didenko with her husband Valentin. Credit: East2West
Ekaterina Didenko with her husband Valentin. Credit: East2West
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Tragically, the influencer's IT specialist husband, Valentin Didenko, was one of the three people who died.

The other two victims were party-goers Natalia Monakova and Yuri Alferov, both 25, who were confirmed dead at the scene.

It was reported that up to seven others needed hospital treatment, including Ekaterina.

One of the victims, Natalia Monakova. Credit: East2West
One of the victims, Natalia Monakova. Credit: East2West

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Mum-of-two Ekaterina posted a distraught video message to social media after the accident, in which she said: "Valya [her husband] is not with us any more. Or Natasha [Natalia]. Or Yura [Yuri].

"I did not cry yesterday... today I just exploded. I thought it was not true, it was a nightmare.

"Nastya [her daughter] woke up today - 'Where is daddy?' I do not know what to say to her. She is asking me: 'Why are you crying?'"

The Russian Investigative Committee confirmed a criminal case was opened, regarding a cause of death by negligence.

Yuri Alferov also died at the scene. Credit: East2West
Yuri Alferov also died at the scene. Credit: East2West

Dry ice is a solid form of carbon dioxide (CO2) and it must be kept around -79C (-109F).

As the temperature rises, the dry ice melts and becomes a gas. This creates the 'smokey' visual effect that's often used in theatres and the film industry.

Too much carbon dioxide can be deadly. As CO2 levels rise, the body receives less oxygen. A person will experience drowsiness, headaches and blurred vision until eventually falling unconscious.

If used and stored correctly, dry ice is harmless and fun. However, it must be used in a well-ventilated area and in small quantities.

The dry ice poured into the pool. Credit: East2West
The dry ice poured into the pool. Credit: East2West

According to reports, Valentin wanted the dry ice 'to create an impressive steam show' as party guests jumped into the pool.

But as soon as the ice was poured, people started fainting despite laughing and clinking glasses moments earlier.

Featured Image Credit: East2West

Topics: World News, Russia

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]