Hélène Pastor dies from shooting


Prominent Monegasque businesswoman Hélène Pastor has died from her injuries sustained in a shooting in Nice on 6th May, despite earlier signs that the 77-year-old’s health was improving. Police are yet to make any arrests in what can now be considered one of the Riviera’s most high profile double murder investigations.

After more than two weeks in a critical condition at Saint Roch hospital in Nice, Hélène Pastor died on the morning of Wednesday 21st May at around 6am. Contacted by The Riviera Times, the hospital confirmed Pastor’s death but did not provide any further comment.

The information came as a shock to many. Hélène Pastor’s condition had been improving and doctors revealed that she had awakened from her coma on 16th May.

The Palace of Monaco today released a statement, saying, “HSH the Prince expresses his deep compassion to the children of Mrs Hélène Pastor-Pallanca at the announcement of her tragic passing.”

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi also expressed his condolences. “My thoughts go out to Gildo, Hélène Pastor’s son, as well as all of her relatives. I share their pain and grief. My thoughts also go out to all the Monegasques who were devastated by this tragedy.”

A source close to the investigation told The Riviera Times that investigators weren’t able to obtain any relevant information from the victim before she died.

“They saw her, but her health condition didn’t allow for an in-depth questioning,” he said.

Hélène Pastor and her driver Mohamed Darwich were shot on 6th May while exiting L’Archet hospital, where she was visiting her son Gildo Pallanca Pastor, who was being treated for a stroke.

According to witnesses, the killer fired through the window twice with what may have been a sawn-off shotgun, before fleeing with an accomplice.

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