Former BBC journalist found dead in Istanbul airport

Turkey (Next Media) – A former BBC journalist reportedly committed suicide after missing a flight at Istanbul airport on Saturday.

Jacky Sutton, 50, an ex-BBC journalist and the acting Iraq director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, was found dead inside a restroom at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, according to the BBC.

Sutton arrived Ataturk Airport from London on Saturday evening and was scheduled to take a connecting flight to Erbil in Iraq, which she had missed. Local media BGN News said Sutton became tearful after she was told to buy a new ticket but apparently did not have enough money for it.

Sutton then went to a lavatory, where she reportedly hung herself in one of the cubicles with her shoe laces. Her body was reportedly discovered by three Russian nationals. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to BGN News.

Sutton’s predecessor, the former Iraq director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Ammar Al Shahbander, was killed in a car bomb attack in Baghdad on May 2, the BBC reported.

SOURCES: BBC, The Telegraph, BGN