Russian Twitch Poker Streamer Liliya "Liay5" Novikova Tragically Passes at Age 26

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 14, 2019

She is believed to have been charging her phone or another device in the bathroom when she was electrocuted.

Details of her death were sparse at first, but on Thursday, more details emerged as the BBC reported that Novikova was found deceased in the bathtub at her parent's apartment.

She was named by the news service as Lilya Novikova, a star in the world of online poker known to fans as Lia.

Novikova was famous both as an online and real-life player, and featured in her own poker web channels.

Novikova was an engineeering graduate of Moscow State Technical University who found herself immersed in online games from an early age, building up a large following on her TwitchTV channel. Her parents were anxious when she wasn't answering her phone and asked the elderly woman to check on her.

She had also previously been described as Russia's "most attractive poker player". Reports suggest she suffered a fatal electric shock while using a hair dryer in the flat, where she lived with her parents.

"She found the girl's body". She is not here anymore.

The 26-year-old was found by an elderly neighbour in her home in Moscow, Russia after reportedly receiving an emergency call from Novikova's parents.

A postmortem is to be held.

"During the initial examination, traces of an electrical injury were found on the victim's body", an official told Russian news agency TASS.

Novikova was as well-known by the Russian public as she was with casino denizens.

In addition to playing poker, Novikova was also a keen cyclist, snowboarder, rower and boxer.

"(Liliya) is dead. Yesterday, an accident.

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