NEW YORK – Estia Zafeiraki, 37, was found dead in her apartment in Long Island City, 20 days after she died, according to information obtained by The National Herald.
The 114th Precinct would not comment on the exact cause of death at this time but there was apparently no evidence of foul play, and Zafeiraki likely succumbed to an illness.
Zafeiraki, who worked as a freelance communications designer, lived alone and had no immediate family in New York. Her family in Crete was contacted about her death, including her sisters Roula and Georgia Zafiraki. Her funeral is expected to be held in Crete.
Zafeiraki was a native of Rethymno, Crete, born in 1980, and was living in New York City and working as a designer and visual artist. The companies that she created designs for included Alma Bank and the Association of Greek American Professional Women (AGAPW) designing the visual identity and developing a new engagement model for the non-profit association, among other companies, according to her LinkedIn profile.
TNH contacted Alma Bank for comment and spoke with Panos Stogioglou, SVP Chief Banking and Marketing Officer, who said he had only met once and was surprised to hear that she had passed away since she was so young.
According to her biography on coroflot.com, she graduated in the field of Communication and Graphic Design from the prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and from the Vakalo School of Art and Design in Athens, Greece, magna cum laude.
A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help pay for the expenses of returning Estia Zafeiraki’s body to Crete for burial: https://www.gofundme.com/estia-zafeiraki