Turkish tycoon Tiffany dies after mysteriously falling off a cruise ship

A wealthy owner of Tiffany’s jewelry empire in Turkey mysteriously fell to her death from a cruise ship cabin during a birthday holiday with her Swiss lover last month – and her family suspect foul play, according to local reports.

Dilek Ertek, 71, fell from deck 11 of Norwegian Spirit in the South Pacific on October 25 after leaving Papeete in Tahiti, Daily Sabah reported.

Surveillance footage shows she went overboard around 3am and her body has still not been recovered. Her unnamed 74-year-old lover has not reported her missing for 20 hours.

Police questioned Ertek’s friend after the ship returned to Papeete, Tahiti, but released him citing a lack of evidence. According to local reports, he returned to Switzerland.

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Tiffany's jewelry tycoon Dilek Ertek, 71, disappeared October 25 after falling from the balcony of her cruise ship cabin off the coast of Tahiti.

Tiffany’s jewelry tycoon Dilek Ertek, 71, disappeared October 25 after falling from the balcony of her cruise ship cabin off the coast of Tahiti.
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“I find it very suspicious,” a local official told Sabah. “People who can’t hear each other inform the reception and make an announcement. It is therefore confusing that the news of the disappearance comes 20 hours later.”

The jewelry magnate’s son, Gökçe Atuk, immediately flew to Tahiti and urged the authorities to investigate Ertek’s mistress, the newspaper said.

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Several expensive pieces of jewelry were missing from her cabin safe, the son told police.

Turkish Tiffany tycoon Dilek Ertek fell to her death from the cabin of a Norwegian cruise ship on October 25, and her family suspect foul play.

Turkish Tiffany tycoon Dilek Ertek fell to her death from the cabin of a Norwegian cruise ship on October 25, and her family suspect foul play.
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According to experts, the circumstances of the fall are puzzling. The 5-foot-2 woman climbed over the 3-foot-high railing from the balcony of her cabin.

“It’s difficult to fall off this type of passenger and cruise ship,” Mustafa Can, a ship’s captain, told local news outlets.

The tropical paradise of French Polynesia.  Dilek Ertek, 71, fell from her cabin on a Norwegian cruise ship on October 25 off the coast of Tahiti in French Polynesia.

The tropical paradise of French Polynesia. Dilek Ertek, 71, fell from her cabin on a Norwegian cruise ship on October 25 off the coast of Tahiti in French Polynesia.
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The cruise departed Papeete Island on October 24 and was scheduled to visit Bora Bora before terminating in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Ertek opened her first Tiffany & Co. store in Istanbul in 1995 before serving as the main distributor for the country for more than two decades.

She studied at the New York Gemological Institute of America.

Dilek Ertek shows Tiffany's jewelry on a branch.  The businesswoman fell to her death from a Norwegian cruise ship on October 25 while vacationing with her Swiss lover.

Dilek Ertek shows Tiffany’s jewelry on a branch. The businesswoman fell to her death from a Norwegian cruise ship on October 25 while vacationing with her Swiss lover.
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Ertek’s family is preparing a wrongful death lawsuit against the cruise line, local media reported.

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A spokesman for the cruise line told Fox News Digital that an investigation into Ertek’s death was underway. “Authorities were notified and the United States Coast Guard conducted a search and rescue operation,” the statement said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones at this difficult time.”

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