Vegan influencer 'dies of starvation and exhaustion' after 'extreme' fruit diet

A vegan influencer died of ‘starvation and exhaustion’ after eating nothing but raw exotic fruit.

Zhanna Samsonova, from Kaza, died in Malaysia during a tour of south-eastern Asia.

The 39-year-old, known as Zhanna D’Art on social media, followed a heavily restrictive diet, which included only eating fruit, sunflower seeds and juice.

One friend told Russia media she urged Zhanna to seek medical help.

‘A few months ago, in Sri Lanka, she already looked exhausted, with swollen legs oozing lymph.

‘They sent her home to seek treatment. However, she ran away again. When I saw her in Phuket, I was horrified.

‘I lived one floor above her and every day I feared finding her lifeless body in the morning. I convinced her to seek treatment, but she didn’t make it.’

She had previously said: ‘I eat simple food, although I have a lot of experience as a raw food chef. I love creating my own recipes and inspiring people to eat healthier.

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‘For the last four years, my diet has been only fruits, sunflower seed sprouts, fruit smoothies and juices.

‘I only got to this level after five years on a completely raw vegan diet.

‘I see my body and mind transform every day. I love my new me, and never move on to the habits that I used to use.’

She also reportedly once said: ‘I feel very sad when I see most of my peers.. Because of junk food, they look much older than their age.’

After her death, one follower claimed Zhanna ate ‘only durian and jackfruit for seven years’.

They added: ‘You don’t need to be a doctor to understand where this will lead.’

Her devotees claim that she could have been killed by chemicals in the fruit she ate.

But one friend said: ‘Zhanna’s idle stagnation was causing her to melt before our eyes, but she believed everything was fine.

‘Only her eyes, merry eyes, and gorgeous hair compensated for the dreadful sight of a body tortured by idiocy. Forgive me if it sounds harsh.’

Zhanna’s family is waiting for a medical report and a death certificate to show her official cause of death.

But her mother Vera Samsonova told local media she had died on 21st July after catching a ‘cholera-like infection’ just hours before she was due to fly home.

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