Sunny von Bulow dies after 28 year coma
The Associated Press and CNN.com reported on death of heiress Martha "Sunny" von Bulow on Saturday. The Associated Press said she spent the last 28 years of her life in a coma and died at a nursing home in New York. Her husband disliked her offstage presence and Claus von Bulow was convicted of trying twice to kill her by injecting her with insulin. Their story was later made into a movie "Reversal of Fortune" in 1990 staring Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons. Claus' defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz said there was evidence that her coma was self-induced by a large ingestion of drugs.
CNN.com added she was 76 years old. Her children said she was "an extraordinarily loving and caring mother". She was born into a wealthy family and inherited a fortune of about $75 million. She became known as Princess von Auersperg when she married Prince Alfred von Auersperg of Austria and they had two children. She married von Bulows in 1966 and they had one daughter.
On the morning of December 22, 1980, she was found unconscious in the bathroom of their Newport, Rhode Island home and she never regained consciousness. Doctors had diagnosed her a year earlier with hypoglycemia. Claus von Bulow agreed to waive his claim to his wife's money and to a divorce in exchange for the suit being dropped.