Italy’s top volleyball star, 18, plunged to her death from a sixth-floor hotel window hours after her team lost the semi-finals in Turkey. Read more to know more. An 18-year-old Italian-Nigerian volleyball star died after falling from a hotel window just hours after her team was eliminated in the Champions League semi-finals. Julia Ituma was found dead on Thursday morning, April 13, at her hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, following her team’s loss. The rising star and ‘next big thing’ in Volleyball represented her team Igor Gorgonzola Novara in the second leg knockout match against Turkish team Eczacibasi Dynavit Istanbul, where she won scored two points even though they lost.
Cause of death of Julia Ituma
According to Mail Online, Ituma fell out of the window of her sixth-floor room at the Vally Hotel, which she was said to have shared with a teammate. Paramedics and emergency responders arrived on the scene shortly after and she was pronounced dead. Local police confirmed they have opened an investigation into the incident while her body has been sent for forensic examination to determine the cause of her tragic death.
Ituma police confirmed they have opened an investigation into the incident while her body has been sent for forensic examination to determine the cause of her tragic death. Ituma was born in Milan to Nigerian parents and is considered one of the most promising talents in Italian volleyball. She started playing volleyball at the age of 11. This is her first season with Igor Gorgonzola Novara, after moving from Club Italia three seasons earlier. Ituma just finished the season with Igor, where they finished 5th in the Serie A1 national rankings. The Italian Consulate in Türkiye said it is working closely with Italian officials and supporting Ituma’s family. A report from CNN Turk said Ituma was found unresponsive on the ground outside the Valley Hotel at around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday.
Last year, Ituma won gold medals at the European Championships and European Youth Olympic Games with the Italian U19 national team. Previously, she was the runner-up of the U18 team after losing to Russia in 2021. Speaking to CEV last October, Ituma explained how she developed a strong passion for volleyball and realized his potential to become a professional player. Igor was scheduled to meet Chieri Turin on Sunday, but the match is expected to be postponed. Thank you for your patient reading.