Woman dies in motorbike crash days after she posted ‘sleep is a gentle death’

A woman died in a motorbike accident just two days after she wrote "Sleep is a gentle death" on Instagram.

Russian-born Alina Bagirova had been living in Thailand, where she gave photography workshops, drew and taught yoga, for over a year after leaving home in search of a new life after Covid.

But her latest post to her 2,288 followers seemed to predict her own upcoming demise as she wrote the morbid message on September 25.

Just 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.

No collision with another vehicle had been reported.

Her friends have speculated that an animal may have run into the road.

It is not clear if the local authorities are investigating the incident, and no information has yet been reported about the possible repatriation of Alina's body to her native Russia.

Her death was announced by her friend, influencer Artur Sita, to his 101,000 Instagram followers in the early hours of September 28.

He wrote: "Today, to our great regret, a pure soul has left us in an accident. A bright memory forever remains in our hearts, beloved friend."

The photographer, age not stated, had only recently lost her mother and was deeply saddened by her mum's passing.

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Now her loved ones will be struggling with yet another tragedy.

It comes after the launch of an online calculator that predicts when people will die.

The online gizmo, named Risk Evaluation for Support: Predictions for Elder-Life in the Community Tool (RESPECT), uses data from nearly half a million older adults to forecast how long a person has left to live.

It can even predict whether someone is likely to die within the next four weeks.

More than 491,000 older adults, who are expected to die within the next five years, provided information – such as about their health – between 2013 and 2017.

Researchers hope it will help them to better understand the needs of the elderly and assist with planning a patient's care needs.

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