A vegan influencer seems to have died of starvation-related causes after eating only raw fruits and vegetables — and not drinking water — for years.

As The Sun reports, Russian influencer Zhanna Samsonova, better known as Zhanna D'Art on social media, died in Malaysia on July 21 after her friends and family begged her to seek medical attention.

The influencer's mother Vera told Russian media that her 39-year-old daughter died of a "cholera-like infection" not long after she implored her to come back home to Moscow.

"I understood that Zhanna was about to die," the elder Samsonova told the Russian newspaper Novye Izvestiya, "but still I could not help her in any way. My daughter's life has turned into a nightmare."

Along with eating only uncooked fruits and vegetables — primarily durian and jackfruit, according to friends — the influencer also claimed to not have had any water to drink for years because, she insisted, she simply didn't need it.

"I have not drunk water for the last 6 years. This is a common occurrence in those who are on a fruit diet," D'Art wrote in an Instagram post from 2022. "This is not something that I limit or restrain myself, it's just that my body does not require it."

That belief was, of course, incorrect. As the Mayo Clinic notes, water is "essential to keeping your body functioning properly and feeling healthy," and most of our bodies' systems require water to survive. And the universal medical consensus is that a varied, well-balanced diet is necessary for healthy functioning. While it's possible to get all the nutrients you need from a robust vegan diet that includes cooked foods, experts have established that raw veganism can be very unhealthy.

All told, it sounds like a tragic intersection of bunk medical science and influencer culture.

Though the raw food enthusiast looked relatively normal in the aforementioned post, more recent photos show her looking emaciated and sickly, which friends of D'Art's say "horrified" them.

"Her hands were like those of my 12-year-old sister, thin," that friend told Russia's 116.ru news site. "I lived one floor above her and every day I feared finding her lifeless body in the morning."

"She didn't make it," that friend added.

In spite of her increasingly-unwell appearance, D'Art reportedly insisted that she looked and felt younger and healthier than the people around her who ate what she called "junk food."

As The Sun notes, those close to the influencer described her diet as a form of anorexia and claimed that in the months leading up to her death last month, her eating disorder had gotten worse.

"She chose this path," her mom said. "I fought for many years [but] she did not listen to her mother."

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