Zoran Vidovic: Harrowing last moments of Geelong dad and footy coach – and what we know about his cause of death in Bali – as his partner’s desperate final act is revealed
An Australian father-of-two plunged to his death from a rooftop restaurant at a five-star hotel in Bali as his partner screamed in horror as she tried to save him, USA Online Post Australia can reveal.
Zoran Vidovic (53) from Geelong, Victoria, fell eight meters to his death at the Apurva Kempinski Hotel in Sawangan, Nusa Dua on Sunday 28 January at around 18:37.
His partner, Melbourne lawyer and mother of two, Zagi Kozarov, 50, reportedly grabbed his clothes as he teetered on the edge, police said.
But he slipped from her grasp and sank into a flower bed on the luxury hotel’s level 15 terrace three floors below.
The couple were staying at the spectacular hotel, where rooms cost up to $2,566 a night, when Mr Vidovic was spotted outside the venue’s Bai Yun hot pot restaurant. He then fell to his death.
Australian father-of-two Zoran Vidovic (pictured) plunged to his death from a rooftop restaurant at a five-star hotel in Bali as his partner screamed in horror as she tried to save him
Mr Vidovic’s partner, Melbourne lawyer and mother-of-two Zagi Kozarov, 50, allegedly grabbed at his clothes as he teetered on the edge, police said
Mr Vidovic fell eight meters to his death at The Apurva Kempinski Hotel in Sawangan, Nusa Dua (pictured)
Hotel workers rushed to his aid and took him to hospital by car when it was feared an ambulance would take too long to arrive.
But Mr Vidovic, who had checked into the hotel three weeks earlier on January 8 and was due to leave the next day, was said to have died on the 10-minute journey to the nearby BIMC Siloam Hospital, 5km away.
Local police are now investigating whether the death was suicide or whether it involved possible hotel negligence, according to local media.
“It is still under investigation,” said Ketut Sukadi of Denpasar police.
“Hotel employees went to the place where the victim fell and called the Kempinski clinic team, but the clinic staff arrived late.”
Medical staff reported Mr Vidovic died of cardiopulmonary arrest after suffering multiple injuries, including lacerations and broken bones in the fall.
Ms Kozarov was interviewed by police the following day and told USA Online Post Australia on Monday: ‘I am grieving.’
The death of the passionate cricket and football coach has shocked the close-knit sporting community south-west of Melbourne.
He was a popular member of Bell Park Cricket Club where he captained his third grade team and won the GCA2 thirds batting average during the 2021-22 season.
Mr Vidovic was also an assistant coach for the Bell Park Dragons in the Geelong Football League and a board member of the Bell Park Sports and Recreation Club.
His death prompted an outpouring of tributes from loved ones and others who knew him.
Hotel workers rushed to his aid and took him to hospital by car when it was clear that an ambulance would take too long to arrive
The Apurva Kempinski Hotel in Sawangan, Nusa Dua (photo)
“Our grief is deep because Zoran was much loved by all of us,” his grieving family said in a statement.
‘He will forever hold a place in our hearts, and we are committed to preserving his memory forever.’
“Zoran left an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of knowing him,” Bell Park Dragons said in a tribute.
‘Zoran’s boundless optimism and mentorship has had a significant impact on our juniors and All-Abilities programmes, inspiring and respecting everyone at Bell Park and within the wider sporting community.
‘His competitive spirit, combined with a fair and passionate approach to sport, perfectly captured the essence of true sportsmanship and the spirit of our club.’
As a football junior, Mr Vidovic played in an under-16 premiership, two under-18 flags and a reserve premiership in four consecutive years between 1986-89, sharing the GFL under-18 goalscoring award in 1988.
Friend Michael Lymer has a start GoFundMe to raise money to repatriate his body to Australia and support his two young daughters.
“Zoran was a beloved member of our community, a beloved friend to many, and most importantly, a devoted father to his two daughters, Bella and Lulu,” Mr Lymer wrote.
“His sudden passing has left us all in shock and grief, struggling to come to terms with this tremendous loss.”
He described Mr Vidovic as a ‘lively spirit’ who was known for ‘his kindness and his unwavering devotion to his daughters’.
“He worked tirelessly to provide for them and ensure they had a bright future ahead of them,” Mr Lymer said.
“Now, in the wake of this tragedy, Bella and Lulu face an uncertain future without their father’s guidance and support.”
More than $25,000 was raised.
The proceeds will go towards repatriation costs to ensure that Mr. Vidovic can be laid to rest in his homeland.
Donations will also go towards immediate and future living and education costs for Bella and Lulu.
The death of the passionate cricket and football coach has shocked the close-knit sporting community south-west of Melbourne
Mr Vidovic (left) is remembered as a ‘lively spirit’ who was known for ‘his kindness and his unwavering devotion to his daughters’
“In these moments of deep sorrow, the generosity and kindness of the community can make a significant difference,” Mr Lymer continued.
‘No contribution is too small, and every act of kindness will go a step towards helping these young girls rebuild their lives.
‘Zoran’s legacy is one of love, laughter and compassion. Let’s honor that legacy by coming together to support his most precious treasures, Bella and Lulu.’
Mr Vidovic is survived by his mother Ruza, sister Suzanna, brother-in-law Nick and his daughters.
The date of his funeral has yet to be confirmed. USA Online Post Australia has contacted the Kempinski Hotel chain for comment.
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