British oil executive Thomas David Blyth kills celebrity wife Victoria Velvet in Turkey murder-suicide

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A British man has killed his celebrity wife before killing himself in a murder-suicide incident in Turkey, it has been reported.

Oil drilling executive Thomas David Blyth originally from Edinburgh, shot his wife, singer and comedian Victoria Vera Blyth, professionally known as Victoria Velvet, on June 11.

According to the Daily Record, the 57-year-old is believed to have murdered 40-year-old Victoria at their family home in Ankara before taking his own life. The couple were pronounced dead at the scene and no one else was injured during the incident.

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Their three children, aged four, 10, and 14, have been placed in the care of their mother's relatives, who travelled to Turkey following the tragedy. Blyth is also survived by his eldest child, Aria Blyth, 27.

Tributes have since poured in for Victoria, a renowned singer and comedian in the Czech Republic. She rose to fame in 2004 with her debut album, Killing Me Softly, which featured her cover of the Eagles' "Hotel California." She also co-hosted the Morning Show on Europe 2 with Czech broadcaster Leoš Mareš.

Born in South Africa, Victoria moved to the Czech Republic as a teenager and studied music. Her family remembered her on social media as the "sunshine" of their lives who brought "joy," "laughter," and a "positive spirit".

Oil drilling executive Thomas David Blyth originally from Edinburgh, shot his wife, singer and comedian Victoria Vera Blyth, or professionally known as Victoria Velvet, on June 11.Oil drilling executive Thomas David Blyth originally from Edinburgh, shot his wife, singer and comedian Victoria Vera Blyth, or professionally known as Victoria Velvet, on June 11.
Oil drilling executive Thomas David Blyth originally from Edinburgh, shot his wife, singer and comedian Victoria Vera Blyth, or professionally known as Victoria Velvet, on June 11. | Victoria Velvet/Facebook

Victoria's sister, Alexandra, posted on Instagram: "It is with deep sadness and pain that I have to announce that my beloved and beautiful sister, the sunshine of our lives who brought us so much joy, with her laughter, positive spirit, drive and energy, has left us forever. Please, I'm begging you all, give us time for the sake of the children.

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"My family is going through a very difficult time because they lost both parents. We recently buried our father and now our sister and brother-in-law, and we need time to recover, but most of all we need to be here for the children. We really appreciate your beautiful messages, but in these difficult times we need time to breathe."

A statement from Victoria's family lawyer added: "During this difficult time, we would like to ask for the family's privacy. The loss of loved ones is extremely painful, and the whole family needs time to process this misfortune and address all necessary matters."

Singer and comedian Victoria Vera Blyth, or professionally known as Victoria Velvet was shot dead by British husband Thomas David Blyth in a murder-suicide incident on June 11 Singer and comedian Victoria Vera Blyth, or professionally known as Victoria Velvet was shot dead by British husband Thomas David Blyth in a murder-suicide incident on June 11
Singer and comedian Victoria Vera Blyth, or professionally known as Victoria Velvet was shot dead by British husband Thomas David Blyth in a murder-suicide incident on June 11 | Victoria Velvet

Victoria and Blyth married in 2014, initially settling in Prague before relocating to Turkey in 2019 due to Blyth's business ventures in the Middle East. Blyth was the owner of ASG Inspection, an international company offering independent oil and gas inspection services globally.

After their move, Victoria founded the marathon 'Runkara' and established four additional organisations dedicated to sports, art, and social solidarity. She also participated in voluntary work to strengthen Türkiye-Czechia relations.

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In an interview with a Czech newspaper previously, Victoria said the family would be moving to Turkey from her hometown in Czech so she could help her husband’s business. She said then: “My husband is starting a business there and I will help him with it. I'm sorry to leave the Czech Republic, I like it here. But at the same time, I'm really looking forward to the fact that we'll all be together soon."

According to Turkish media outlet Hurriyet, David's remains have been sent back to his family in Scotland, while Victoria's body remains in Turkey as the police investigation into the murder-suicide continues.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office confirmed it is assisting Blyth's family. A spokesperson told the outlet: "We are supporting the family of a British man who has died in Turkey and are in contact with the local authorities."

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic said: "We can confirm that a Czech citizen died a violent death in Turkey. Our embassy is in contact with the family and provides consular assistance. Out of consideration for the survivors, we will not be releasing any further information."