New York socialite found dead in trash chute 'had affair with a CEO before her ...

New York socialite, Lara Prychodko (pictured), 48, who was found dead at the bottom of a trash chute at her apartment in 2018 reportedly had an affair with the former CEO of WebMD before her death

New York socialite, Lara Prychodko (pictured), 48, who was found dead at the bottom of a trash chute at her apartment in 2018 reportedly had an affair with the former CEO of WebMD before her death

A New York socialite who was found dead at the bottom of a trash chute at her luxury Manhattan apartment in 2018 reportedly had an affair with the former CEO of WebMD before her death. 

Lara Prychodko, 48, was found dead on July 18, 2018, at her $6,500-per-month apartment at Zeckendorf Towers in Union Square. 

Police investigating her death at the time concluded that she drunkenly fell into the the chute by accident. 

Before her death, Prychodko was reportedly in the middle of a contentious divorce with her estranged husband, David Christopher Schlachet, and had lost custody of her 12-year-old son, Talin.

At the same time, Prychodko was allegedly having an affair with former WebMD CEO, Wayne Gattinella, according to a recent report from the New York Post. 

In the months leading up to her death, Gattinella who is now the president and CEO of tech company, DoubleVerify Inc, reportedly signed the Zeckendorf Towers lease with Prychodko in January 2018. 

According to the Post, the pair had been dating since 2009 and Prychodko was putting pressure on Gattinella to leave his wife of 40 years Valerie.

In an email from May 2019 that was obtained by the newspaper, Prychodko wrote to the millionaire: 'I just woke up missing my beautiful amazing son whom I’ve lost because of my love of you.'

She also wrote to the father-of-four: 'You said you would take care of private school. But you are not. My child deserves the same privilege yours do.'

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Wayne Gattinella pictured in 2010

Prychodko is pictured in New York in June 2005

Prychodko (right) was allegedly having an affair with former WebMD CEO, Wayne Gattinella (left). The pair had reportedly been dating since 2009 and Prychodko was putting pressure on Gattinella to leave his wife of 40 years Valerie

Before her death, Prychodko (pictured with her husband in 2010) was in the middle of a bitter divorce with her estranged husband, David Christopher Schlachet

Before her death, Prychodko (pictured with her husband in 2010) was in the middle of a bitter divorce with her estranged husband, David Christopher Schlachet

Prychodko (pictured with her husband and son in 2009), 48, had also lost her son in a custody battle with her estranged husband before her death

Prychodko (pictured with her husband and son in 2009), 48, had also lost her son in a custody battle with her estranged husband before her death 

Eventually, Gattinella's wife, Valerie, learned of their alleged relationship when she found a charge for a gym membership at Equinox on her husband's credit card statement, according to the Post. 

Prychodko's friend, Amanda Armstrong, told the Post that when Valerie found out about the affair 'she hit the roof'. 

But Gattinella, who met Prychodko in 2002 while she worked as an online publisher for WedMD, started to be 'very rude' to Prychodko after his wife found the membership. 

'Lara was sick of being the mistress. That’s what she had been for many years,' Armstrong said.

Not long after Prychodko died, Gattinella's wife filed for divorce. 

It's unclear if the alleged affair between Gattinella and Prychodko led to their split.

Gattinella owned a $4.5million property in Greenwich, Connecticut, that was purchased in 1999. The home is now on the market. 

The millionaire also owned a vacation property in East Hampton that's worth more than $2million. He also owned two condos in Manhattan both worth $2million each. 

During their split, Valerie held onto the couple's 2019 Porsche Macan and Gattinella hung onto a 1997 Porsche and their Manhattan properties. Valerie currently has the East Hampton property.  

Prychodko was found dead on July 18, 2018, at her $6,500-per-month apartment at Zeckendorf Towers (pictured) in Union Square

Prychodko was found dead on July 18, 2018, at her $6,500-per-month apartment at Zeckendorf Towers (pictured) in Union Square

Her body was found at the bottom of a trash chute (pictured) in the Zeckendorf Towers

Her body was found at the bottom of a trash chute (pictured) in the Zeckendorf Towers 

Prychodko was found in this refuse closet by a maintenance worker in July 2018

An example of the trash chute in the building where Prychodko lived before her death

Prychodko was found in this refuse closet by a maintenance worker in July 2018

In the months leading up to her death, Gattinella who is now the president and CEO of tech company, DoubleVerify Inc, reportedly signed the Zeckendorf Towers lease with Prychodko in January 2018. The property features several amenities, including a pool (pictured)

In the months leading up to her death, Gattinella who is now the president and CEO of tech company, DoubleVerify Inc, reportedly signed the Zeckendorf Towers lease with Prychodko in January 2018. The property features several amenities, including a pool (pictured) 

The 14,000 square feet of outdoor space on the building’s seventh floor makes up the largest residential green roof in New York

The 14,000 square feet of outdoor space on the building’s seventh floor makes up the largest residential green roof in New York

The Zeckendorf Towers (pictured) is a 29-story, four-towered condominium complex on the eastern side of Union Square, Manhattan, in New York City

The Zeckendorf Towers (pictured) is a 29-story, four-towered condominium complex on the eastern side of Union Square, Manhattan, in New York City

Gattinella was named CEO of WedMD in 2005. He resigned from the company in 2012 and that same year he joined DoubleVerify as their CEO and president. 

A source told the Post that Gattinella's alleged affair with Prychodko began in 2009. 

Gattinella was questioned by police after Prychodko died, but he was never named as a suspect in her death. 

He told the Post in an email that Prychodko was a 'former colleague and friend'. 

At the time of Prychodko's death, investigators concluded that it was an accident. 

But earlier this month, the famed pathologist who controversially concluded that pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's autopsy showed signs of murder claimed in bombshell new findings that Prychodko's death was not a tragic accident. 

New York City's former chief medical examiner Dr Michael Baden claimed that the mother-of-one may not have plunged to her death accidentally, and her body showed signs of strangulation.  

In a letter to Prychodko's family, Baden concluded that she 'may have died because of homicidal ligature strangulation and was then placed in the garbage chute'. 

At the time of Prychodko's death, investigators concluded that it was an accident

At the time of Prychodko's death, investigators concluded that it was an accident 

But earlier this month, famed pathologist, Dr Michael Baden (pictured) who controversially concluded that pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's autopsy showed signs of murder claimed in bombshell new findings that Prychodko's death was not a tragic accident

But earlier this month, famed pathologist, Dr Michael Baden (pictured) who controversially concluded that pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's autopsy showed signs of murder claimed in bombshell new findings that Prychodko's death was not a tragic accident

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Baden claimed that the mother-of-one ( pictured with her husband in 2012) may not have plunged to her death accidentally, and her body showed signs of strangulation

Baden claimed that the mother-of-one ( pictured with her husband in 2012) may not have plunged to her death accidentally, and her

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