NEW YORK - Linda Pugach, 75, 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 - died Tuesday of heart failure at a hospital in Queens.
The infamous New York City crime was detailed in the 2007 documentary Crazy Love.
Her husband, Burton Pugach, 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.
After his release, Pugach divorced his first wife and persuaded Ms. Riss to marry him in 1974. He proposed to her on live television.