Summary: Russian American computer programmer and amateur poet who was fatally attacked by what authorities believed as a bull shark while he was swimming with his 23-year-old girlfriend Natalia Slobodskaya (who was severely injured in the attack, but survived) after he had sustained multiple bites on the lower portion of his body as the couple swam in the surf between 20 to 40 feet (6-12 metres) from the shore near a sand bar off North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands but no one else was injured, in which it became the second fatal unprovoked shark attack off America's mid-Atlantic coast in two days during a series of the latest East Coast shark attacks on the holiday weekend after a 10-year-old boy was killed by a shark near Virginia Beach about 135 miles up the shore earlier this week.
Cause of Death: Injuries sustained in a shark attack
Born: November 24, 1973
Died: September 3, 2001
Location: Avon, North Carolina