Daughters of celebrated Ukrainian pianist found dead in Texas home

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Famous Pianist's Daughters Found Dead, Wife Stabbed

DALLAS, March 18 (Reuters) - The two young daughters of Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko were found murdered inside their home in a Fort Worth, Texas, suburb, and his estranged wife sustained multiple stab wounds in the incident, local police said on Friday.

Police in Benbrook said Kholodenko, 29, is not considered a suspect in the deaths of his daughters, Nika, 5, and Michela, 1, who were discovered in their bedrooms early on Thursday.

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Their mother, 31-year-old Sofya Tsygankova, underwent surgery at a local hospital, police said. She will be held for mental evaluation once she recovers from her physical injuries, police Commander David Babcock said.

Babcock told a news conference the police do not see any immediate threat to the community and are not actively searching for a suspect.

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Daughters of celebrated Ukrainian pianist found dead in Texas home
In this 2014 file photo, Vadym Kholodenko poses with his wife Sofya Tsygankova and daughters Nika, 4, and Michela, 2 months old, on Sept. 23, 2014. Police say their daughters Nika and Michela were found dead in their home on March 17, 2016 and Tsygankova was hospitalized with multiple stab wounds. Benbrook police said, Friday, that Kholodenko is not a suspect. (Joyce Marshall/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
In this 2014 file photo, Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko and his wife Sofya Tsygankova pose at the 2014 Cliburn Gala at Ridglea Country Club on May 2, 2014. Police say their daughters Nika, age five, and Michela, one, were found dead in their home Thursday, March 17, 2016 and Tsygankova was hospitalized with multiple stab wounds. Benbrook police said, Friday, that Kholodenko is not a suspect. (Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
In this 2014 file photo, Vadym Kholodenko poses with his wife Sofya Tsygankova and daughters Nika, 4, and Michela, 2 months old, on Sept. 23, 2014. Police say their daughters Nika and Michela were found dead in their home on March 17, 2016 and Tsygankova was hospitalized with multiple stab wounds. Benbrook police said, Friday, that Kholodenko is not a suspect. (Joyce Marshall/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Cliburn medalists Beatrice Rana, 2nd place winner, Vadym Kholodenko, first place winner, and Sean Chen, third place winner, receive applause from the audience at the final awards ceremony at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday June 9, 2013. (Joyce Marshall/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko, of the Ukraine, wins the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday June 9, 2013. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko holds up the gold cup after winning the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday June 9, 2013. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Van Cliburn president Jacques Marquis, left, and Chairman Carla Thompson applaud gold medalist Vadym Kholodenko after winning the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday June 9, 2013. (Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko, of Ukraine, performs with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra during the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday June 9, 2013. (Joyce Marshall/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko, of the Ukraine, plays a concerto as Leonard Slatkin conducts the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra on the second day of finals in the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, June 7, 2013. (Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko, of the Ukraine, performs with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin on the second day of the final round of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, June 7, 2013. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko, of the Ukraine, plays a concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra on the second day of finals in the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, June 7, 2013. (Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko, 26, of the Ukraine, rehearses with Maestro Leonard Slatkin and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra before his performance in the finals of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, June 7, 2013. (Joyce Marshall/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko, 26, of the Ukraine, left, rehearses with Maestro Leonard Slatkin and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra before his performance in the finals of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, June 7, 2013. (Joyce Marshall/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko, of Ukraine, performs in the semifinal round of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, June 3, 2013. (Joyce Marshall/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko of the Ukraine performs during the second day of the preliminary round of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, May 25, 2013. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko of the Ukraine performs in the preliminary round of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, May 25, 2013. (Joyce Marshall/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Vadym Kholodenko of the Ukraine performs for the second day of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, May 25, 2013. (Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
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Kholodenko had an appointment to pick up the children on Thursday morning from his estranged wife's home, he said.

"Once he arrived there, he found the mother in an extreme state of distress and discovered the children in their state," Babcock said. "He has been cooperative in this investigation. He is not considered a suspect at this time."

Police previously said there were no signs of forced entry into the home and that they were investigating the case as a double homicide.

A cause of death had not been determined as of Friday morning. Police said the children had not been stabbed.

"The loss of my children will be with me forever. But I would like to say that I feel the support of the Fort Worth community and all people who are sending me messages all over the world," Kholodenko said in a statement on Friday evening.

"Wherever I go after this tragedy, my heart will stay with the people here of Fort Worth and my daughters will rest in this soil," he added.

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In 2013, he won the gold medal in the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He was scheduled to have three shows with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra over the weekend, and a replacement has been named for him, the orchestra said.

Kholodenko and Tsygankova married in 2010, but filed for divorce last November, according to court records obtained by local media.

Police were called to this residence twice in 2014 for undisclosed reasons, Babcock said. (Reporting by Lisa Maria Garza and Jon Herskovitz; Editing by G Crosse and Sandra Maler)

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