A Russian online poker player has been found dead after she was electrocuted while drying her hair.
The body of the 26-year-old was discovered in the bathroom of her flat in Moscow Tuesday, according to Russian state news agency TASS.
She was named by the news service as Lilya Novikova, a star in the world of online poker known to fans as Lia. “During the initial examination, traces of an electrical injury were found on the victim’s body,” a source told TASS.
Novikova’s body was found by a neighbor, the government news service reported.
“Relatives became agitated when the girl stopped responding to phone calls and asked her neighbor to check on her. She found the girl’s body,” a law enforcement source told TASS.
She regularly posted video streams on Twitch.tv, a live streaming platform popular among online gamers.
In addition to poker, Novikova was interested in rowing, boxing and archery.
Her Instagram account, on which Novikova describes herself as a “pro poker player,” shows her snowboarding and swimming, as well as playing poker both online and in casinos.
Online poker is a huge business, with top players earning millions of dollars. However, new computer programs may put human players out of business.
In 2017 a program called DeepStack widely defeated 10 out of 11 professional poker players using a type of artificial intelligence its creators describe as “intuition.”