Russian influencer Ekaterina Didenko recently threw a party that went incredibly wrong. During the party, her husband reportedly poured 55 lb of dry ice into a swimming pool for “visual effects.” This caused him and two other guests to die from carbon dioxide poisoning, and what started as celebration ended in a terrible disaster.
Ekaterina was celebrating her 29th birthday at a sauna complex. You can see in the video above that dry ice was poured into a swimming pool, producing the recognizable thick vapor. The guests were laughing, cheering, and filming with their phones, but the excitement didn’t last. They soon started fainting due to the excessive amount of carbon dioxide. According to multiple sources, Ekaterina’s husband Valentin (Valya) Didenko (32), and friends Natalia Monakova (25) and Yuri Alferov (25) were confirmed dead at the scene. Seven more people reportedly were reportedly hospitalized to carbon dioxide poisoning.
The night of the tragedy, Ekaterina posted a video to her one million Instagram followers. At the time, she didn’t know who had died yet, and said that Valentin was in the intensive care. The mother of two published another video the following morning, saying that her husband had died and that her daughter kept asking her “Where is daddy?” According to Daily Mail, The Russian Investigative Committee confirmed that they opened a criminal case into causing death by negligence.
Dry ice creates thick, milky vapor when it meets water, and it’s indeed a neat “visual effect.” It’s used in photography and video, but it should be used with extra precautions. The problem is that, in poorly ventilated areas, the dry ice vapor can cause high carbon dioxide levels in blood. This is sadly what happened at Ekaterina’s party, turning celebration into an unthinkable tragedy.