NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Linda Pugach, who was blinded in 1959 when her lover hired hit men to throw lye in her face – and became a media sensation after later marrying him – has died, her husband said Thursday. She was 75.
The infamous New York City crime was detailed in the 2007 documentary “Crazy Love.”
Pugach, who hid behind dark glasses for the rest of her life, died Tuesday at the Long Island Jewish Hospital in Queens. The cause was heart failure, said her husband, Burton Pugach, who spent 14 years in prison for hiring the thugs to attack his then-girlfriend Linda Riss after she spurned him. He was married at the time, and the heinous attack became an instant tabloid sensation.