The charred remains of pretty blonde Irina Livshun,were found at her apartment in the city of Almaty in southern Kazakhstan.The 31-year-old is believed to have burnt herself to death because she thought she was too old to find a job. Alongside the corpse, police found a gas canister, which they believe she used to set herself alight.
The model, who originally came from the town of Jezkazgan in central Kazakhstan, had moved to the city when she was a teenager to pursue a career in modelling. According to friends she had been reasonably successful finding lucrative jobs with a number of fashion companies and achieving local fame. One friend said:
'She was quite famous and took part in many fashion shows. But recently she had some troubles with her job.'
Local media reported that she began having financial troubles in November last year after her contracts began to dry up. According to local reports, she also stopped meeting with friends.
Police spokesman Saltanat Azirbek added: 'Irina's relatives had told us she had been suffering from depression for a long time because she lost her job and was unemployed for several months…She had threatened to commit suicide many times before,' the Spokesman added.