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Sunny von Bulow, 76, Dies after 28 Years in Coma

Heiress and socialite Martha “Sunny? von Bulow died Saturday after spending almost 28 years in an irreversible coma, her children said in a statement issues from Maureen Connelly, the family spokesperson, MSNBC said. She was 76.

The American heiress was the focus of one of the most sensational 1980s criminal cases.

Prosecutors alleged von Bulow was sent into the coma as a result of two murder attempts by her husband, Claus von Bulow, a British socialite.

On Dec. 21, 1980, Martha van Bulow was found unconscious on the bathroom floor of her Newport, R.I., mansion.

Claus von Bulow was convicted in 1982 of twice injecting his wife, who suffered from hypoglycemia, a low blood sugar condition, with insulin.

His conviction was appealed and overturned. In a second trial in 1985, he was acquitted.

Martha “Sunny? van Bulow is survived by her daughters, Cosima Pavoncelli and Annie-Laurie von Auersperg Kneissl Isham; her son, Alexander von Auersperg; and nine grandchildren, the New York Times said.

"We were blessed to have an extraordinarily loving and caring mother," von Bulow’s children said in a statement, according to CNN.