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International Concert Pianist Natalia Strelle Slain in English Home: Cops

Police Investigate Suspected Murder of ‘Talented, Beautiful, Mother’ 0:34

LONDON — An international concert pianist has died after suffering head and neck injuries at her home in the British city of Manchester, police said Monday.

Officers launched a murder inquiry after finding 38-year-old pianist Natalia Strelle with "serious injuries" just after midnight on Sunday, according to Greater Manchester Police.

A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and remained in custody for questioning Monday, police said without identifying the suspect.

Strelle, who changed her name from Natalia Strelchenko, was a Norwegian pianist of Russian origin who gave recitals at New York's Carnegie Hall and London's prestigious Wigmore Hall, according to her website.

Officers were called to a house in the Newton Heath area of the city, which is 160 miles northwest of London, after receiving reports a woman had been assaulted.

First responders tried to save Strelle's life but she died a short time later.

"Natalia was a talented, beautiful, much loved mother, daughter, sister and friend," her family said in a statement. "She will be greatly missed."

Detective Superintendent Phil Reade condemned the "tragic incident in which a talented young lady has lost her life."

He said: "We have a team of detectives investigating this murder and are asking for anyone with information that may assist our inquiries, to please get in touch."