One of Italy’s top volleyball stars, 18, plunges from a sixth-floor hotel window hours after his team lost a semi-final clash in Turkey. Read further to find out more. An 18-year-old Italian volleyball star of Nigerian origin fell to death from her hotel window just hours after her team was knocked out of their Champions League semi-final clash. Julia Ituma was found dead on Thursday morning, April 13, at her hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, following the loss of her equipment. The rising star and ‘next big thing’ in volleyball had been representing her team Igor Gorgonzola Novara in their knockout second leg clash against Turkish team Eczacibasi Dynavit Istanbul, where he had scored two points despite their loss.
Cause of death of Julia Ituma
According to Mail Online, Ituma fell out of the window of his room on the sixth floor of the Vally Hotel, which he was believed to be sharing with a teammate. Paramedics and emergency services arrived at the scene a short time later, and she was pronounced dead. Local police confirmed that she launched an investigation into the incident, while her body was sent for forensic examination to determine the cause of her tragic death.
Ituma police confirmed that they launched an investigation into the incident, while his body was sent for forensic examination to determine the cause of tragic death. Ituma was born in Milan to Nigerian parents and is considered one of the most promising talents in Italian volleyball. He started playing volleyball at the age of 11. This was his first season with Igor Gorgonzola Novara, having transferred from Club Italia three seasons earlier. Ituma had just finished the season with Igor, where they finished fifth in the national Serie A1 league. The Italian consulate in Turkey said they were working closely with the country’s officials and providing support to Ituma’s family. CNN Turk reports said Ituma was found motionless on the ground outside the Valley Hotel around 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
Last year, Ituma won a gold medal at the European Championships and the European Youth Olympic Festival with the Italian Under-19 team. Prior to that, she had been runner-up with the Under-18 team after their 2021 loss to Russia. Speaking with CEV in October last year, Ituma explained how she had developed a great passion for volleyball and realized her potential to become a professional player. Igor is scheduled to face Chieri Turin on Sunday, but the match is supposed to be postponed. Thanks for being a patient reader.