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A WIFE drowned trying to save her husband after he had a heart attack in the swimming pool of their holiday home.

Diana Shamash, 80, leapt into the water fully clothed to try to help her 82-year-old property tycoon husband David, at the couple's holiday home in the south of France.

3Diana Shamash leapt into the water fully clothedCredit: Flickr 3Her husband David suffered a fatal heart attackCredit: Facebook

Their neighbours who were meant to be coming round for dinner with the “lovely” English couple raised the alarm.

When no-one answered the door, they entered the property to discover the bodies of couple, who are in their eighties, floating in the pool.

A senior investigating source told the Daily Mail the house near the picturesque market town of Gignac is secluded so nobody would have been able to hear their cries for help.

“What we do now know is that Mrs Shamash was fully clothed, and wearing her shoes, when she jumped into the pool to save her husband after he suffered a suspected heart attack,” they said.

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“She undoubtedly found it very difficult to float in these circumstances and sank in the water.

The sourced said foul play appears not to be the case and one line of inquiry is whether the pool was heated as a cold water is a notorious killer in hot weather. 

Mr Shamash was director of ten property businesses reportedly with assets of over £5million.

The Oxford graduate, ran his property empire along with his 56-year-old son Anthony.

The couple also owned a sprawling country farmhouse in the village of South Fawley, Berkshire, and an apartment above the official Tintin shop in Covent Garden, central London.

The couple’s daughter Nicola, 58, lived down the road from them in South Fawley.

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Their heartbroken children flew out to France to identify their parents' bodies this week.

They visited their holiday home three or four times a year for three-week breaks and were due to return home on Monday.

“It is just a tragedy. They loved France, they wanted to spend as much time as possible there,” said a friend in South Fawley.

Another added: “You wouldn't meet a more dedicated couple, honestly. They were devoted to each other, such a lovely couple.”

3The pool at the couple's home in France

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David Manpearl: Neighbor Hailed as Hero in Anne Heche Crash

Getty US actress Anne Heche arrives for the premiere of Netflix's "The Unforgivable" at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, California, November 30, 2021.

David Manpearl is a neighbor who was credited with a rescue attempt of Anne Heche after her car exploded in a Los Angeles crash into a home. He aided his neighbor and tried to free Heche, who survived but suffered serious injuries.

The 53-year-old actress slammed into a garage at about 11 a.m. Friday, August 5, 2022, then backed up and careened into another house. Heche was intubated and in critical condition in the hours after the crash.

NBC Los Angeles reported it took 59 firefighters to extinguish the blaze, and that the crash caused structural damage to a home after her blue Mini Cooper went 30 feet into the building. Photos of the aftermath showed the extent of the damage.

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David Manpearl told the Daily Mail that he did not think it was possible anyone could have survived the crash he witnessed.

“At about 10:50am I heard a car go speeding by and looked out my window where I saw the car going about 90 miles an hour,” he told the outlet. “Within seconds I heard a loud crash at which point I ran outside in my flip flops because I knew someone was hurt and boy was I right.”

He lives about five houses down from the place the crash occurred, he told the Daily Mail, and caught the moments leading up to the crash on his Ring doorbell camera.

He told the Daily Mail that he rushed to the scene and found his neighbor outside.

“Before I approached the car, I saw the resident of the home standing barefoot in the debris. She was in shock and frantically asked me to help get her pets out of the house,” Manpearl said. “I was able to get the leashes for her two small dogs and escorted her out of the side of her house. She had her two dogs with her and a tortoise.”

Manpearl Said He Did Not Think It Was Possible for Heche to Survive

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Manpearl told the Daily Mail that he was unable to free Heche from the vehicle, and after she was trapped for about 30 minutes in the burning car, he thought there was no way she could have survived.

He said he found Heche, who he did not recognize as the actress, trapped between the airbag and the seat of her car.

“I tried speaking with her a few times asking if she was ok but she wasn’t responding so I had to get closer. I was able to open the back door of the car and crawled half-way inside,” he said. “This time when I asked her if she was ok, she said no.”

He told the Daily Mail that he and the neighbor were trying to put out the fire when firefighters arrived on the scene. The blaze had spread from the car to the house, he said.

“I was positive that the driver was dead,” he said, as rescue attempts dragged on. “That she had burned up. It took at least 30 minutes for the fire department to douse the flames, extract the car and pull her out of the car.”

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