December 6, 2008 / 7:40 PM / in 9 years

Heiress Von Bulow dies after decades in coma

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. heiress Martha “Sunny” von Bulow died on Saturday at a Manhattan nursing home after spending nearly 28 years in a coma, media reported.

Von Bulow was either 76 or 77. She was found lying in a bathroom in her mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1980 and never regained consciousness.

She was married to an Austrian prince and then later to a Danish-born lawyer, Claus von Bulow, who was convicted and later acquitted of twice trying to kill her with insulin injections. He now lives in London.

The story was recounted in a 1990 movie, “Reversal of Fortune,” starring Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons, based on a book by Alan Dershowitz, a law professor who defended Claus von Bulow.

Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by Eric Beech

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