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Chernobyl Diaries actor Dimitri Diatchenko died of ‘fentanyl and valium overdose’

Chernobyl Diaries star Dimitri Diatchenko’s official cause of death has been recorded as an accidental fentanyl and valium overdose, five weeks after he was found dead at his Florida home. 

Diatchenko’s body was discovered at his property in Daytona Beach on April 22 after police were asked to conduct a wellness check on the star, who had not been seen for several days. 

Medical examiners have since determined he used both fentanyl, a highly addictive pain medication commonly used as a heroin substitute, and diazepam prior to his death at the age of 52.  

Tragic:  Chernobyl Diaries star Dimitri Diatchenko’s cause of death has been determined as an ‘accidental fentanyl and Valium overdose, five weeks after he was found dead at his Florida home

Tragic:  Chernobyl Diaries star Dimitri Diatchenko’s cause of death has been determined as an ‘accidental fentanyl and Valium overdose, five weeks after he was found dead at his Florida home

Tragic:  Chernobyl Diaries star Dimitri Diatchenko’s cause of death has been determined as an ‘accidental fentanyl and Valium overdose, five weeks after he was found dead at his Florida home

It’s understood that that the actor also suffered from cardiomegaly – an enlarged heart – as well as moderate coronary artery disease. 

According to TMZ, his passing has been listed as misadventure following ‘illicit drug abuse with prescription drug use.’

The medical report also notes that Diatchenko was injured at work several days before his death after being hit with 220 volts of electricity. 

However the examiner has emphatically ruled out delayed arrhythmia from the electrical shock as a mitigating factor in his untimely death. 

Untimely passing: Diatchenko's body was discovered at his property in Daytona Beach on April 22 after police were asked to conduct a wellness check on the star, who had not been seen for several days

Untimely passing: Diatchenko's body was discovered at his property in Daytona Beach on April 22 after police were asked to conduct a wellness check on the star, who had not been seen for several days

Untimely passing: Diatchenko’s body was discovered at his property in Daytona Beach on April 22 after police were asked to conduct a wellness check on the star, who had not been seen for several days

According to the report the actor had long-term prescriptions for both hydrocodone, an opioid that is traditionally used to treat extreme pain, and diazepam.  

Speaking shortly after the discovery of Diatchenko’s body, the star’s brother told TMZ that his death was not related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. 

Diatchenko, who was born in San Francisco to a Ukranian father and Swedish  mother, is best known for his role in the 2012 movie Chernobyl Diaries.   

He attended Newton North High School in Massachusetts and graduated from Florida State University in 1996. 

His hit film: Diatchenko, who was born in San Francisco to a Ukranian father and Swedish mother, is best known for his role in the 2012 movie Chernobyl Diaries

His hit film: Diatchenko, who was born in San Francisco to a Ukranian father and Swedish mother, is best known for his role in the 2012 movie Chernobyl Diaries

His hit film: Diatchenko, who was born in San Francisco to a Ukranian father and Swedish mother, is best known for his role in the 2012 movie Chernobyl Diaries

Spooky: The movie was about a group of tourists who follow Yuri to the town of Pripyat, Ukraine, once home to workers at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant but abandoned after the 1986 nuclear disaster

Spooky: The movie was about a group of tourists who follow Yuri to the town of Pripyat, Ukraine, once home to workers at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant but abandoned after the 1986 nuclear disaster

 Spooky: The movie was about a group of tourists who follow Yuri to the town of Pripyat, Ukraine, once home to workers at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant but abandoned after the 1986 nuclear disaster

His first movie role was in the 1997 film GI Jane which starred Demi Moore and was directed by Ridley Scott.

After the film he moved to Los Angeles, landing a role with Jennifer Garner on her hit TV series Alias.

He was also in the films Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull and Get Smart. 

Happy at the premiere of his film: In May 2012 he looked proud to be at the premiere of Chernobyl Diaries in Hollywood

Happy at the premiere of his film: In May 2012 he looked proud to be at the premiere of Chernobyl Diaries in Hollywood

Happy at the premiere of his film: In May 2012 he looked proud to be at the premiere of Chernobyl Diaries in Hollywood

But the 2012 thriller Chernobyl Diaries is what he is best known for. The actor played Yuri, a Ukrainian tour guide.

The movie was about a group of tourists who follow Yuri to the town of Pripyat, Ukraine, once home to workers at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant but abandoned after the 1986 nuclear disaster.  

He also did voice work for the video game Medal of Honor: European Assault. His last on camera acting role was as Janko Kolar on the show Murder In The First with Taye Diggs. 

In 2017 he voiced the character of Vulko on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. 

Source: dailymail US

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