Natalya Malenko


Age: 20

Russian aspiring singer and ballerina with the Moscow music group J Jay Power who had remained hospitalized in critical condition at an intensive care unit and spent a whole week in a coma after suffering from aftereffects of a severe toxic gas poisoning due to adverse reaction by an unknown chemical agent she received in a botched rescue operation during a three-day hostage-taking raid involving Islamist militant separatist movement and Russian military forces after she became among one of approximately 800 hostages attending a popular musical at a Moscow theatre when armed Chechen rebels stormed the theatre earlier in October 2002.

Cause of Death: Heart failure resulted from a toxic gas poisoning

Born: 1982

Died: November 2, 2002

Moscow, Russia