(L.A.) Polina Lisikov, 27, Died at a Residence 💎

Case Number: 2023-10646

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 27-year-old female that occurred at a residence.

The coroner’s office has identified the woman as Polina Lisikov.

Manner of Death: Accident

Cause of Death: Cocaine and Ethanol Intoxication

RIP POLINA LISIKOV (September 18, 1995 – August 14, 2023)

Formal pronouncement of death was made on Monday at 12:15 a.m.

Ruling by the deputy medical examiner was published on September 22/23, presumably after the results of tox screening came back positive. This was an accidental overdose.

The decedent was born Polina Hasmik Mkrtchian in L.A. County. Her mother’s maiden name is Lisikian. The family is of Armenian background. She attended Burroughs HS in Burbank.

Cocaine is taken frequently together with ethanol and this combination produces a psychoactive metabolite called cocaethylene which has similar properties to the parent drug and may be more cardiotoxic. Cocaethylene has a longer half-life than cocaine, so that people who combine cocaine and ethanol may experience a longer-lasting, as well as more intense, psychoactive effect. Cocaethylene is the only known instance where a new psychoactive substance is formed entirely within the body.

In November 2022, a respiratory therapist named Brian Yuzon similarly died in L.A. County from the effects cocaine and alcohol. He was 30 years old.