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Pretty Troubled: The Fall Of Model Ruslana Korshunova

June 30, 2008

We don’t know and may never find out what the real issue was.  All I know is that lots of people would have traded places with this young, Russian-born model, Ruslana Korshunova.  And now, her life’s cut short, reportedly by her own hands.

Was it a waste of life?  No.  It’s not.  20 year-old Ruslana Korshunova’s death is another reminder of how precious life is, even with life’s imperfections.

We might think that where there glitz and glamour it can’t be all bad, right?

For Ruslana Korshunova, reportedly she thought it was.

In her own words she wrote:

“Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably,” the sandy-haired knockout wrote in a poem that concluded: “And never regret anything that made you smile.”

“I’m a bitch. I’m a witch. I don’t care what you say!!!” she wrote March 11. “I know what it is. I know why my other relationships didn’t work out, ’cause I’m unpredictable. Why are you afraid of it?”

On May 30 (her last posting): “Do not confuse love and desire. Love is the sun, desire – only flash. Desire dazzles, and the sun gives life.” Love does not take away from one in order to give to another. Love – this is the essence of life. But you will not give your life to another.”

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Ruslana Korshunova, 20, died around 2:30 p.m. in a fall from a building on Water Street, in Manhattan’s Financial District, The New York Post, the Daily News and Newsday reported. The newspapers cited unnamed officials and police…

“I think she just gave up,” said [ex-boyfriend] Artem Perchenok, 24, who was with Korshunova on the last night of her short life.
The 5-foot-8 head-turner, who liked camping and fishing, kept her problems “bottled up,” he said. “When a job would go bad, she’d take it out on herself.”

But her latest beau, Mark Kaminsky, 32, of Staten Island – who said he talked with Ruslana hours before her suicide plunge – insisted the beauty was “liking what she did.”

“She was a love for me,” he said, noting the first time he saw her he gushed: “I’m in shock over your beauty.”..

Perchenok speculated, “She was doing great [in her career]. Maybe she was overworked.

“It [her career] was taking off. She was busy, busy. When you’re 20 years old and you travel the world, how can you complain? But . . . your family’s back home and people are telling you what to do and how much to eat and how to walk.”

The size-4 stunner appeared to have dropped some serious weight from her already thin frame and was complaining about a stomachache in the four or five days before her death.

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Ruslana plunged to her death from the ninth-floor balcony of her Manhattan apartment building at 2:30 p.m. on June 28. The 5’8″ green-eyed model was discovered dead in the middle of a street, barefoot in blue jeans and a purple tank top.

“Her arms were crushed,” a witness told the NY Daily News. “Her head was on the left side and blood was coming out in a pool.” New York City police say they found no signs of struggle in Korshunova’s apartment the day she died, and the medical examiner’s office has officially ruled the death a suicide…

Below: The tragic scene.  Her young body fell many stories of the building, landing in the street.

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Ruslana Korshunova’s lifeless body rests under plastic and cans of construction paint.

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Med staff wheel Ruslana Korshunova in a body bag.

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Please, pay attention to your friends and family.  Listen to them, be there for them.  If you see anything or any behavior that worries you, contact a suicide hotline.

National Suicide Hotlines USA
United States of America Toll-Free / 24 hours a day / 7 days a week

Call 1-800-SUICIDE / 1-800-784-2433; Call 1-800-273-TALK / 1-800-273-8255


1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
Deaf Hotline

2 Comments leave one →
  1. huntingtonsmith permalink
    June 30, 2008 8:22 pm

    Whether Ruslana Korshunova killed herself or not remains to be seen. Deliberately throwing oneself off a balcony is not generally the method of choice.

    No one really wants to die. People only think of suicide when they feel they don’t have any other choice and most do not commit suicide in private where nobody knows. Telling is telling-revealing. Most talk about wanting to die, because they want someone to give them a way out other than death. Most people commit suicide because they’re in pain.
    My name is Hunter. I’m a spokesperson for a national hotline for teens at 1 (800) USA KIDS. We’re here 24/7 or teens may Skype me. My Skype username is huntingtonsmith. I’m online a lot but not constantly. My email is The number for adults, the National Suicide Hotline, is 1 (800) 273 TALK. Our website is at (mouseover photos and text).

    The teenage years especially are times of emotional transition. There’s a lot of having to grow up all at once that takes place. Suddenly, there are more responsibilities. There’s high school and the thought of college. When we go to school as teens, there’s no longer the sameness of sitting in one classroom with the same kids and the same teacher everyday. Now, we have to race from class to class. Everything is different. And then there’s sex and that’s all confusing. I mean, not long ago we used to hate the opposite sex or at least we pretended to and now we’re not only supposed to be liking them, but maybe or maybe not getting parts of our body invaded by them and all of those other things that seemed so unthinkable when we first learned about the facts of life. Our bodies change. Our minds change. But we are all immature. We don’t know how to handle situations. We don’t even know how to handle the thoughts that go through our minds. We feel awkward about relationships. We don’t know what we feel. But in it all, there is an awful aloneness, no matter how popular we seem to be.

    Most of us can handle it. But some of us, a lot of us, can’t. Each of us has felt suicidal at some point in our teens and the ones who don’t are liars. We all cry. We each hurt. But most of us have friends that are there for us to help us through those times. Teens do kill themselves. It happens a lot more often than it should. It happens because no one was there with them at the right time to say just the right words. But it’s important to talk. It’s important to hold and to be held. It’s important to cry and let it all out. Things always change. The light at the end of the tunnel isn’t always an oncoming train. If you’re feeling suicidal, seek someone out. Sleep helps if you’re alone. You will feel better afterwards. And if you know a teen who’s talking about death, see if you can get his or her parents to help, Counseling is beneficial, but it isn’t a cure. Direction is. Give someone a reason to live and death becomes unthinkable. Joke with them. Make them laugh. Make them see something special in themselves.

  2. July 1, 2008 4:10 am

    An honest thanks to Hunter and his message. Thank you!

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