A photographer has died in a motorbike accident on the Thai island of Koh Samui just two days after a chilling post on her Instagram.
Alina Bagirova, who was born in the Russian city of Norilsk but grew up in Saint Petersburg, had been living in Thailand, where she gave photography workshops, drew and taught yoga, for more than a year.
Before her death, she wrote "sleep is a gentle death" in her final Instagram post to her 2288 followers, with a photo of the horizon at dusk on September 25.
Two days later, she was fatally injured in a road accident on the island of Koh Samui after she lost control of the motorbike she was riding, according to her friends.
There was reportedly no collision with another vehicle and her friends have speculated an animal may have run into the road, but the cause remains unclear.
It is also unknown if local authorities are investigating the incident and no information has yet been reported about the possible repatriation of Bagirova's body to her native Russia.
She had moved to the southeast Asian country in search of a new life in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.
Her death was announced by her friend and compatriot, influencer Artur Sita, to his 101,000 Instagram followers in the early hours of Tuesday (local time).
"Today, to our great regret, a pure soul has left us in an accident. A bright memory forever remains in our hearts, beloved friend," he wrote.
Bagirova's death is a particularly painful tragedy for her family as she had only recently lost her mother.
The photographer had been deeply saddened by her mum's passing, but she wrote in a post on Instagram on July 21 she had finally come to peace with the death.
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