Onassis Curse Strikes Again?
Athina Onassis dealing with fallout from suicide of husband's ex-lover
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2011 9:37 AM CDT
Updated Apr 4, 2011 10:58 AM CDT
Athina Onassis attends the Athina Onassis International Horse Show 2009 in Rio de Janeiro, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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(Newser) – Athina Onassis, the only surviving heiress to grandfather Aristotle Onassis’s fortune, has talked of leading a life of simplicity—but it seems she's unable to keep the "Onassis curse" at bay. Little more than a week ago, the ex-lover of Onassis's husband—and the mother of Onassis's two stepchildren—jumped to her death from a seventh-floor flat in Brazil, the Daily Mail reports. In her suicide note, 36-year-old actress and Playboy model Cibele Dorsa complained about the arrangement under which Onassis was raising Vivienne, 10, and Fernando, 14.

Vivienne was born to Dorsa and Alvaro "Doda" Alfonso de Miranda Neto, now Onassis's husband of six years. Fernando, born during Dorsa's first marriage, went to live with his sister in 2009 at his request, says Dorsa's first husband, who says that his "emotional and unstable" ex-wife "couldn't take care of the children." He adds, "it was her decision to allow the children to live with" Onassis, 26, and Doda, 38, with whom they experienced "a very simple and healthy lifestyle." Even so, in one of her last notes, Dorsa wrote that living without her children felt as if "my heart has been cut out."