Natalya Zhirova


Age: 39

Dutch design engineer for an American construction company who had been reportedly hospitalized in grave condition but never regained consciousness from severe 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 more than 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: Aftereffects of a toxic gas poisoning

Born: June 7, 1963

Died: October 27, 2002

Moscow, Russia