Polish 'call girl', 44, is found dead in London flat

EXCLUSIVE: Polish ‘call girl’, 44, who ‘conned her Goldman Sachs banker lover out of £4M chunk of estate before he died aged 55’ is found dead in London flat – as police call death ‘not suspicious’

  • Magdalena Zalinska, 44, was accused of conning Danny Truell out of millions 
  • Her body was discovered by police who broke down door of her Clapham flat 

A Polish heiress accused of being a ‘call girl’ who conned her genius financier lover out of a huge chunk of his £18million estate by his brother in a bitter High Court battle has been found dead, MailOnline can reveal.

Magdalena Zalinska, 44, a nightclub boss, was being sued by Edi Truell over claims she obtained £4million from Danny by ‘undue influence’ before he died of a neurological condition aged 55 in 2019.

But the case has taken a mysterious twist after her body was discovered by police who broke down the door of her apartment in Clapham, south London, when officers on a routine patrol were approached by neighbours who were concerned for her welfare.

Police have confirmed to MailOnline that Ms Zalinska’s sudden death is not being treated as suspicious, but unexpected.

The divorced mother-of-two was at the centre of a acrimoneous fight with the family of millionaire former Golman Sachs banker, Danny.

The sudden death of nightclub boss Magdalena Zalinska is not being treated as suspicious

Ms Zalinska, 44, who was left more than £1million in Mr Truell’s will, denied the allegations, insisting they had a ‘romantic and loving relationship’ for 14 years.

Edi, a City financier, 61, claims that although she had a sexual relationship with his brother, she was his paid carer from 2012 and did not live with him.

Lifelong Labour Party member Danny Truell was a contemporary at Balliol College of future prime minister Boris Johnson and frequently faced him in debates.

He went on to become a hugely successful fund manager. After running Goldman Sachs’ asset management arm, he moved to Britain’s biggest charity the Wellcome Trust as its chief investment officer in 2005.

In 12 years, he grew assets under management from £12.3billion to £20.9billion. He also allowed it to double the amount it donated a year, to more than £1billion.

The house in Clapham, South London, where Danny Truell had a flat and Ms Zalinska was found

He and Naomi, his wife of 16 years, divorced in 2011. In 2012 he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis which later became a form of motor neurone disease.

Balliol College alumni Danny Truell (pictured) became a hugely successful fund manager

In the High Court, Mr Justice Michael Green said Mr Truell had considerable personal wealth but lived ‘an apparently frugal lifestyle’, did not drive, have expensive hobbies or go on many holidays, and lived in ‘a modest and poorly furnished basement and ground floor maisonette’ near Clapham Junction, London. During his illness he was ‘dependent on alcohol’, the judge added.

In his will, he described Ms Zalinska, a Polish national, who has also struggled with alcohol, as his ‘partner and dependent’.

The court battle is over a series of transfers to her before Mr Truell died.

These included £1.34million paid between 2013 and 2018 to a company through which she operated her London nightclub, Southwark Rooms.

Another £915,000 went to her directly in electronic transfers, £1.366million on spending and withdrawals using his debit card, while he also transferred to her his interest in the flat she had previously rented from him in Clapham, where her body was discovered.

Polish heiress Ms Zalinska (pictured), 44, was left more than £1million in Mr Truell’s will 

Lawyers for Eli said she had also used her Southwark nightclub as a ‘front’ to ‘extract’ huge sums of money that have since disappeared.

Ms Zalinski’s former husband Wojtek Zalinski (pictured) confirmed her death to MailOnline

In a hearing earlier this year, Mr Justice Michael Green said Ms Zalinska was ‘rightly in my view offended by any suggestion that she was not in a deep and loving relationship with the deceased, or that she had taken advantage of him’.

In his will, he described Ms Zalinska, as his ‘partner and dependent’. It was admitted she had struggled with alcohol issues.

Ms Zalinska claimed to have met Mr Truell at the end of his previous marriage and started a relationship with him in 2004. The couple moved into the basement flat in Clapham flat in 2016.

Mr Truell’s brother – also a City high-flyer – and former solicitor John Rayner Hatchard claim, as executors of his estate, that evidence casts doubt on the ‘quality’ of the relationship.

Their barrister Edward Hicks told the judge that Mr Truell had two ‘very separate’ lives – one with his family and the other with Ms Zalinska, with whom he had a ‘very strange relationship’.

He said a crucial question at a trial would be if Mr Truell were in a relationship akin to ‘husband and wife’ or whether it had been ‘marked by promiscuity’, which he did not know about.

The basement flat in Clapham had previously been described as ‘modest and poorly furnished’

‘Is this a lady who is presenting a false picture of her relationship to Danny?’ he told a hearing in February.

‘We have evidence that she was in relationships with other people.’

The flat door inside the property that was smashed in by Metropolitan Police officers

Ms Zalinska’s sudden death means Mr Truell’s attempts to find out what happened to the millions may never be known.

Her former husband Wojtek Zalinski confirmed her demise to MailOnline and said he was flying to the UK from his home in Krakow, Poland, to help determine what happened to her.

Mr Zalinski denied claims that his ex-wife was a prostitute, and said: ‘That was absolute rubbish, she was never a call girl. Never. I do not know why such hurtful thing were said about her in the court. That is wrong and should not have been said. She is not here to defend herself now so I will do it.

‘I was called and told she had died. I do not know anymore but will be flying to London to be with family,’ he added.

Mr Zalinski said he and his former wife divorced 20 years ago but and kept in contact. He last saw her a year ago.

Police said officers were approached by people concerned for the welfare of Ms Zalinska on Saturday.

A Met Police spokesman said: ‘Officers forced entry and found a 46-year-old woman deceased. Her next of kin have been informed.

‘The death is being treated as unexpected, though initial inquiries determined it was not suspicious.’

A full trial of the £4million claim against Ms Zalinska was set for next year.

Lawyers for Ms Zalinska and the estate of Mr Truell refused to comment.

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