Billionaire David Shamash's wife, 80, drowns while attempting to save him after he had heart attack in pool
The 80-year-old Diana Shamash drowned while trying to save her billionnare husband David after he went into a cardiac arrest in the pool of their vacation house
GIGNAC, FRANCE: An 80-year-old woman was said to have drowned while attempting to rescue her husband after he went into a cardiac arrest in the pool of their vacation house in the south of France. Diana Shamash dove into the pool, while still wearing her clothes, in an attempt to help her 82-year-old estate billionaire husband, David.
Suspicions were raised by their neighbours, who were supposed to join the English pair for supper. When the neighbors rang the doorbell and nobody answered it, they went inside the house and found the elderly couple's bodies floating in the swimming pool.
According to the Daily Mail, the poolhouse, which was located near the busy town of Gignac, was situated in a secluded area. This meant Diana's screams for help would not have been heard.
"What we do now know is that Mrs Shamash was fully clothed and wearing her shoes when she jumped into the pool to save her husband after he suffered a suspected heart attack. She undoubtedly found it very difficult to float in these circumstances and sank in the water," the source told the publication. According to the sources, no signs of any foul play were found at the site of the tragedy. One line of investigation is to ascertain if the water was preheated because cold water is known to be deadly on warmer days.
According to reports, Shamash was the director of ten real estate companies with a combined revenue of over £5 million. Together with his 56-year-old son, Anthony, the Oxford graduate managed his real estate business. Along with a residence just above the original Tintin store in Covent Garden, in downtown London, the pair also possessed a sizable farm property in the Berkshire village of South Fawley. The couple usually took a three-week vacation at their vacation house three or four times annually, and were scheduled to come back on Monday, August 8. Nicola, the couple's 58-year-old daughter, resided close by in South Fawley. This week, their distraught kids took a plane to France to identify their parents' remains.
A friend from South Fawley expressed, "It is just a tragedy. They loved France; they wanted to spend as much time as possible there. " Another friend of the family said, "You wouldn't meet a more dedicated couple, honestly. They were devoted to each other, such a lovely couple."