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Tragedy-struck billionaire, 53, found dead while on holiday with ‘mystery woman’

A colourful Russian billionaire has been found dead on a tropical African island.

Retail magnate, portfolio investor and father-of-six Igor Sosin, 53, was discovered on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, having earlier recovered from coronavirus.

His death came on a festive holiday with daughter Taisia, and a mystery woman as he was reported to have been going through a divorce with his third wife.

Igor's family said he could not be woken up before doctors pronounced him dead and the cause of death has not yet been established.

The family has been hit by tragedy previously when his son Egor, 19, strangled and repeatedly struck his mum – Mr Sosin's second wife Anastasia – with a phone charger cable.

Egor confessed to the killing claiming he wanted to "expel the devil" from inside her when they stayed at a hotel in the Russian resort of Kazan.

He did not face trial after being diagnosed with an unspecified "acute mental disorder" before later being released from a specialist psychiatric hospital after successful psychiatric treatment.

Mr Sosin, 53, was renowned for throwing lavish parties, yachts, tennis and skiing.

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He lived a jet-setting lifestyle and was often seen on the Cote d'Azur in the south of France and once spent several million pounds on a collection of dresses belonging to Sharon Stone which he gave to one of his wives.

Several times he rented a luxury house on Ox Pasture Lane in elite Southampton, upstate New York, for hundreds of thousands of pounds, holding lavish Fourth of July parties at the pad.

In 2013, Mr Sosin was reported to have paid more than £200,000 for Truman Capote's typed manuscript of his 1958 masterpiece Breakfast at Tiffany's.

The billionaire had recovered from coronavirus several months ago and had intended to celebrate Christmas and the New Year in Zanzibar, a group of tropical islands off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean.

His estranged third wife, Inna, was flying back to Moscow from a trip to the Bahamas in the Caribbean after receiving news of his death.

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