Partner mourns ex-pat influencer as 31-year-old dies in tragic hangover mistake

Tattoo artist Wang Tao pictured with his influencer partner who went by 'Russian Nana' online.
Tattoo artist Wang Tao announced his girlfriend's death on the Chinese version of TikTok. Source: Jam Press

A popular ex-pat influencer has died after reportedly taking painkillers to treat a raging hangover, with her grief-stricken partner mourning how he'll never kiss her again.

Known online in her adopted country of China as 'Nana', the 31-year-old spent 38 days in a coma before passing away on May 5, according to her partner.

The influencer, originally from Russia, moved to study in Guizhou Province in China's southeast last year. There she fell in love with local tattoo artist, Wang Tao, and decided to remain in the country with him.

Their love story soon brought her fame on Chinese social media and she became known as ‘Russian Nana’.

She had over 60,000 followers on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok who followed along to updates about her new life.

The 31-year-old slipped into a coma and passed away more than a month later. Source: Jam Press
The 31-year-old slipped into a coma and passed away more than a month later. Source: Jam Press

On March 27, the couple went out for some drinks with friends in the afternoon, but Nana fell ill that evening. After sensing the onset of a nasty hangover, the young woman reportedly took some painkillers and went to lie down, but was later rushed to the hospital after being found unconscious.

She slipped into a coma and passed away 38 days later, according to media reports.

Tao announced her death in a short video on Douyin on May 6.

He shared images of him kissing his partner’s forehead in hospital with the message: "Nana has left us forever.

"The kiss yesterday was her last kiss while she was alive ... I will never be able to kiss Nana again, never again."

It's unclear if the authorities are investigating the influencer's death.

Jam Press

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