Russian director Alexey Balabanov could have died due to a sharp refusal of alcohol and tobacco. So his widow Nadezhda Vasilyeva believes. She stressed in an interview for the YouTube channel “Tell Gordeeva” that at first Balabanov had to take medication and gradually reduce the amount of alcohol.

Vasilyeva added that she still blames herself for the death of her husband, believing that she did not do enough for him, Nevsky News reports. She noted that she still faces similar reproaches from outsiders.

Alexey Balabanov died on May 18, 2013. The official cause of death of the director is indicated as acute heart failure.

Alexey Balabanov is the author of the dilogy “Brother” and other famous films, including “War”, “Blind Man’s Buff”, “Cargo 200”, “Morphine”,” Stoker “and”I also want”.