Ituma’s volleyball club, Igor Gorgonzola Novara, expressed their “deep pain” over their athlete’s passing.
The death of an 18-year-old Italian volleyball player who fell from the 6th floor window of a hotel in Istanbul is being investigated, Turkish police told CNN in a statement.
Julia Ituma’s body was found in front of the hotel where her team was staying, according to Istanbul police.
In security footage from inside the hotel, Ituma is seen talking on the phone in a hallway in the evening hours, and then sitting outside the door to her room for about an hour in a “pensive and thoughtful” way, before entering her room for the last time, police said.
“We are all dismayed by this tragedy which affects not only the volleyball world but all of Italian sport,” the Italian Volleyball Federation President Giuseppe Manfredi said in a statement.
“My first thought goes to Julia’s family, to whom I send my deepest condolences and guarantee that the Italian Volleyball Federation will provide maximum support,” he added.
The volleyball player’s body was found in front of the hotel where her team was staying, police said.
Ituma’s volleyball club, Igor Gorgonzola Novara, also expressed their “deep pain” over her passing, adding that the Turkish police were working to determine the cause of death.
“Igor Volley wishes to express their condolences and partaking in the pain of Julia’s family and loved ones. The club and all its members, heartbroken by the loss, will keep a respectful silence on the matter,” the team said in a statement.
The team was in Istanbul playing a volleyball Champions League semifinal against local team Eczacıbaşı Dynavit, who have also expressed their condolences.
“Our club and players are deeply saddened by the tragic news of Igor Gorgonzola player Julia Ituma’s sudden passing. We send our condolences to our beloved Julia’s family, Novara family and the volleyball community. Rest in peace Julia,” Eczacıbaşı said in a statement.
Italy’s former men’s volleyball coach and current sports manager for the Italian Democratic Party, Mauro Berruto, also took to Twitter to express his dismay over Ituma’s death.
“I am shocked by the tragic passing of Julia Ituma, an eighteen-year-old volleyball player for Igor Novara. My embrace to the family, to the club, to the entire large community of Italian volleyball,” Berruto tweeted.
The Italian Volleyball Federation also announced on Thursday that there would be a minute of silence in Ituma’s memory across all volleyball matches between Thursday and Sunday.