Sandra Herold Dies at 72

The Connecticut woman whose chimpanzee mauled and blinded her friend last year, leading to lawsuits and a national debate over the regulation of exotic pets, has died, her attorney said Tuesday.

Sandy Herold died Monday night of a ruptured aortic aneurysm, lawyer Robert Golger said. She was 72.

Charla Nash, the woman whose face was mauled off by the chimp owned by Sandra Herold, is in "disbelief" that Herold has died.

Nash's twin brother Michael Nash said in a statement, "I informed Charla that Sandra had died. Her first reaction was disbelief. 'What!' she said. I repeated the news and she was speechless for a few moments."

Charla Nash, the woman whose face was mauled off by the chimp owned by Sandra Herold, is in "disbelief" that Herold has died.

Nash's twin brother Michael Nash said in a statement, "I informed Charla that Sandra had died. Her first reaction was disbelief. 'What!' she said. I repeated the news and she was speechless for a few moments."