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ARGENTINA | 24-02-2019 17:41

Police investigating death of media personality Natacha Jaitt

Investigators are currently looking into the circumstances of the 41-year-old's death, including running checks on the five people who had been with her in the hours prior. An autopsy was underway at the San Fernando morgue. 

A controversial Argentine media personality was found dead on Saturday night at a private event's facility in Tigre district, north of Buenos Aires City.

Natacha Jaitt's body was found in a bed at the Xanadú party salon in La Ñata, in the Tigre district, north of Buenos Aires City, police confirmed.

Investigators are currently looking into the circumstances of the 41-year-old's death, including running checks on the five people who had been with her in the hours prior. An autopsy was underway at the San Fernando morgue. 

Jaitt, a well-known media personality, previously worked as a model, actress, escort, and TV and radio presenter.

POSSIBLE OVERDOSE?

The socialite was a well-known personality in Argentina, often for the wrong reasons.

Known to have formerly been a drug user, those closest to her insisted that – despite recent media reports about the circumstances surrounding her death – Jaitt was no longer consuming drugs. On social media and among entrainment reporters, conspiracy theories intensified about her having been murdered as a result of accusations she made in early 2018 that dozens of high-profile sports and entertainment personalities in Argentina were involved in an underage prostitution ring.

Unconfirmed reports in local outlets this weekend claimed that on Friday evening, before her death, Jaitt had consumed excessive amounts of cocaine, LSD and champagne.

On Saturday, Police interrogated the owner of Xanadú Guillermo Gonzalo Rigoni; his friend Gaspar Esteba Fonolla; an electrician Gustavo Andrés Bartolín; Jaitt's producer and associate Raúl de Jesús Velaztiqui Duarte; and a 19-year-old woman identified in reports as 'Luana Micaela M.'

MURDER?

In 2018, Jaitt had made explosive allegations that dozens of high-profile sports and entertainment personalities were involved in an underage prostitution ring. Indicating she feared for her safety, she once went as far as to warn via Twitter that she could pay the ultimate price for revealing dirty information she had on some of the country's rich and famous.

"WARNING: I am not going to commit suicide, I am not going to take too much cocaine and drown in a bath, or shoot myself. So if this happens, it wasn't me. Save this Tweet," she wrote in April, 2018.

Jaitt had made a series of tweets and television appearances, just days after explosive allegations in April 2018 about child prostitution at major Argentine football clubs, including Independiente and River Plate. 

While many former club officials' cases remain before the courts, the scandal spent barely weeks in the news headlines in Argentina.

Jaitt was survived by two children and a brother.

-TIMES/PERFIL

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