Millionaire Brit couple found dead floating in swimming pool at luxury villa

A millionaire British couple were found dead floating in the swimming pool of their luxury French villa.

Diana Shamash, 80, threw herself into a pool to rescue her 82-year-old husband David who was suffering from a heart attack mid-swim, police say.

Detectives say, however, that Diana's best efforts to save the property mogul were in vain, as the weight of the clothes she was wearing dragged her underwater.

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Tragically the "lovely couple" who were "devoted to each other" never made it out of the pool, The Mirror reports.

Investigators have pieced together a timeline of their final days at their swanky holiday home in the south of France near Montpelier, and ruled out foul play.

David, 82, a property mogul and Oxford graduate, had an apparent cardiac arrest before Diana jumped in fully-clothed to rescue him.

Police in the area said she was then dragged under the water by the weight of her clothes.

Their bodies may have laid undiscovered in the pool for days before they were found by friends arriving for a dinner party on Saturday, cops said.

A detective on the case said: "The house is set well away from any other ones, so nobody would have been able to hear their cries for help.

"But what we do now know is that Mrs Shamash was fully clothed, and wearing her shoes, when she jumped into the pool to save her husband after he suffered a suspected heart attack.

"She undoubtedly found it very difficult to float in these circumstances and sank in the water."

Investigators told the Daily Mail they're following several lines of inquiry, including whether the pool was heated or not as chilly water can prove deadly amid blistering temperatures.

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Mr Shamash, who was the director of property businesses with a reported £5million in assets, also owned a property in Berkshire and a Covent Garden apartment which sits above the Tintin shop.

The couple spent a large chunk of their wealth on charitable causes, having set up the Covent Garden Group Foundation charity – which aims to reduce poverty across the world but "with an emphasis on South East Asia".

The non-profit also works to treat and prevent blindness.

Their son Anthony, 56, and daughter Nicola, 58, had to fly out to identify the bodies of their beloved parents earlier this week.


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