The British former husband of Russian spy Anna Chapman died prematurely at the age of 36, MailOnline can reveal.
Alex Chapman’s family have insisted there was nothing suspicious about his death two years ago from natural causes. ‘It was very distressing at the time, but he died from natural causes,’ said a member of the family.
‘There was nothing suspicious about his death. His father dealt with everything and it was very sad but I don’t want to go into any further details.’
Alex Chapman, the British former husband of Russian spy Anna Chapman, has died aged 36, MailOnline can reveal
Secret agent Anna Chapman was involved in the controversial spy swap deal involving Sergei Skripal between Russia and the US in 2010
Former public schoolboy Alex (pictured) was married to Anna Chapman for four years before they divorced in 2006
His father Kevin confirmed to MailOnline that his son had died. ‘It was two years ago and that is all I will say,’ he said.
Alex’s last known address was in Bournemouth, Dorset, where he is believed to have passed away.
His ex wife was accused of being part of a one of the biggest Soviet spy rings ever uncovered while living in New York.
She was sent back to Moscow in 2010 as part of a spy exchange that saw Sergei Skripal jailed for spying for MI5 – sent to the UK.
The 66-year-old is now in a critical condition in a Salisbury hospital after being deliberately poisoned by Russian agents acting on the orders of the Kremlin.
Chapman, who despite her divorce in 2006 has maintained her married name, returned to Moscow a heroine and is said to be a millionaires and working a TV host and entrepreneur.
Her husband, who at the time was a trainee psychologist, found himself at the centre of biggest spy scandal for decades when it was revealed his flame haired ex-wife had been tasked with seducing power brokers in the US capital Washington DC.
Alex’s family insisted there was nothing suspicious about his death two years ago from natural causes. Pictured: Alex with glamorous Russian spy Anna Chapman in their earlier years
Alex told how his wife might have been part of the cold war – but was red hot in bed.
He revealed she was ‘great in bed’ and had a collection of sex toys and they had once joined the Mile High Club.
Alex also produced topless photos of his ex-wife saying: ‘Anya was great in bed and she knew exactly what to do. The sex was great and she had this incredible body’.
The former public schoolboy added that she had a penchant for whips and nipple clamps.
The couple had met in 2001 at a rave in London while Anna was still a student and Alex described her as the most beautiful woman he had ever met.
They were married in Moscow in 2002 after a whirlwind romance and Alex discovered her father Vasily Kushchenko was a former senior KGB agent.
Alex wore an ill fitting dinner suit, all he could rent in Moscow. There were no rings as they couldn’t afford them, nor any guests. A lonely witness confirmed the nuptials. Despite the bizarre circumstances, the marriage was a success for several passionate years.
In 2010, Chapman was part of a Cold War-style swap with Skripal
Alex said his wife changed during their four-year marriage and began to mix in different circles with wealthy Russians.
‘She fell in with a group of people who had a lot of influence. She would go to film premieres and became arrogant and obnoxious, always going on about powerful people,’ he said in a 2010 interview with The Daily Telegraph.
Of her marriage to Alex, Anna said in 2011: ‘My marriage to Alex was based purely on mutual love, and I still remember the days we spent together with real tenderness and nostalgia. I ask you not to look for ~secret motives~ where there aren’t any.
‘My love story with Alex was one of them. It was love at first sight, which only grew stronger every day.
‘We married secretly in Moscow, and it was very romantic. Our parents knew nothing about our relationship and plans, and most likely they would not have approved the marriage, though later I was close to Alex’s mother and father.
‘I had on my school graduation dress – I only wore it three times, my big day at school, the day I met Alex, and when we married.’
Anna went on: ‘Alex is very sensitive, he felt music like no-one I met before, he could draw any picture as if he had studied art all his life. He somehow sensed people on a different level to other men.
‘He put his soul into every action. He found strength when things went really wrong, when everything around him totally fell apart, he began his life from scratch again and again.
‘Alex is an incredible, talented person, who still hasn’t yet found himself in this life but I have faith things will become better and he will find his happiness because he does know how to love and care for a woman.
‘He had such a tenderness in his touch, his looks, his words. When you truly love someone, you become one. This was how we were. We could not make decisions without each other.’
With a smile enveloping her face, she added: ‘Everything linked to Alex was soaked with true English culture, it’s unbelievable. It was so natural and beautiful to fall in love with someone representing something I was so curious about. It took me precisely one minute to fall madly in love with him.
‘Every time he opened his mouth, I enjoyed his beautiful manner of speaking, I was captivated by his accent.
‘Whenever he rolled his tobacco in his loose-hanging jeans with his Clark~s shoe and Liam Gallagher – style hair, it took my breath away.
‘His manly beauty, I would even say his aristocratic beauty, seemed simply ideal to me. I had neither the strength, nor desire to fight this beautiful feeling, which opened up whole new fairy tale world for me.
Yet if everything was so good why did the marriage fall apart after qualifying for a UK passport?
‘Alas, everything beautiful comes to an end at some point, and there is always a new stage and better road to start walking on,’ she said, also declining to answer any questions of her alleged spying either in the US or Britain.
‘My time in Britain has made me better in so many ways that it’s hard to tell what I would be if it wasn’t for London. It was certainly my honour to be part of this nation, even though for a short while.’
She is, however, furious over her nude pictures taken by Chapman and also by am earlier British lover Marcus Read being made public.
Explicit pictures taken by one-time disc-jockey Read, 38, recently appeared in Playboy. ‘I don’t know whether he was forced by someone to do this, or was paid for it,’ she said.
‘I don’t want to blame anyone before I know that. Frankly speaking, I don’t think I want to go into finding out.
‘But it’s clear whoever organised this has definitely achieved his goal.
‘It made me so miserable, it actually made me cry for the first time in a very long period. So, congratulations, you have done it.’
She was ‘shocked and horrified’ when told by her New York lawyer that shots taken by Mr Chapman had been published while she was scared and traumatised inside a US prison, she said.
‘Don’t you think it’s enough for one person to be embarrassed so much?,’ she asks, shaking her head. ‘After everything I have been through in recent months, the pictures in Playboy were like the final blow that really hit me badly. It made me really down and miserable. It keeps on damaging my reputation in such a bad way.’
After they split Chapman relocated to New York where with the aid of a $1m cash injection from the Russian Government set up an internet property business.
But according to the FBI the business was a front for her spying activities and she was part of a group known as the Illegal’s Programme. As a ‘sleeper agent’ it was her job to infiltrate power circles in the US capital Washington DC and report back to her Kremlin paymasters.
The ex-spy now runs an antique shop in a trendy district of Moscow and works as a TV host
Chapman was arrested in 2010 along with nine other agents who had settled into seemingly ordinary lives in America. She pleaded guilty to charge of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government.
Dubbed Russia’s ‘most glamorous secret agent’, she was one of ten Russian spies exchanged for Skripal in July 2010 in Vienna.
While she capitalized on her fame – posing in stockings and suspenders for Maxim magazine – Skirpal began a new life in the market town of Salisbury, Wiltshire.
Her ex-husband said he had lost contact with his wife, but being exposed as a female James Bond did not come as any surprise.
He said: ‘Whether or not she’s a spy, who can say, but when I read about her being arrested it wasn’t that much of a surprise to be honest. It made sense because of all her erratic behaviour, all these high society people she was going on about. When I told my mother she said ‘I knew it!’.’
Mr Chapman added in 2010: ‘I don’t think she was working as a spy here but I suspect she had been conditioned towards that end.’