Mum, 35, found hanged alongside drowned son, 7, was 'anxious about chemo delays in lockdown'

THE grief-stricken hubby of a cancer sufferer who killed her son and then herself said she was anxious about delays to her chemo in lockdown.

Russian finance analyst Yulia Gokcedag, 35, and Timur, seven, were found dead at home on the Isle of Dogs, East London.

Investment banker Mehmet, 50, said his wife was a “kind, warm-hearted and special lady”.

He said: “She must have been in a very different mental state, battling demons, this was not the Yulia we knew.”

He said his wife was waiting for a private op but “even that was slow”.

Yulia was also suffering from crippling anxiety and panic attacks, and had frequently visited cardiologists with fears for her heart.

She had been battling demons, this was not the Yulia we knew.

An autopsy showed she was free of cancer and chemo had worked.

In the build up to their tragic deaths, Mehmet had been self-isolating alone for nine weeks at the family's Wimbledon home in order to protect his wife.

Turk Mehmet hailed Timur as “brilliant, good-natured” and “talented”.

He said his son had been due to start a private school in Wimbledon, which was "a great achievement for a boy from East London with foreign parents".

Detectives are not seeking anyone else in connection with the deaths.

An investigation was launched by the Metropolitan Police specialist crime command.

Inquests into the deaths are set to be held at Poplar Coroner's Court on December 16.


EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

  • CALM,, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together,
  • Mind,, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus,, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans,, 116 123

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