Owner of Travis the Chimp Dies From ‘Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm’

May 26th, 2010 by admin

The owner of the Connecticut chimpanzee involved in a horrific mauling last year has died of a “ruptured aortic aneurysm,” her lawyer told the Associated Press Tuesday.

Sandy Herold, who was 72, died Monday night, lawyer Robert Golger said.

Herold’s 200-pound chimpanzee, Travis, went berserk in February 2009 after Herold asked friend Charla Nash to help lure it back into her house in Stamford. The animal ripped off Nash’s hands, nose, lips and eyelids before he was shot and killed by police.

Nash, who was suing Herold for $50 million, was recently released from the Cleveland Clinic, where she had been transferred shortly after the attack. She is now living in the Boston area and had recently been evaluated to see if she is a potential candidate for a face and hand transplant at a Harvard-affiliated hospital.

An aortic aneurysm is a bulge in a section of the aorta , the body’s main artery, which carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Because the section with the aneurysm is overstretched and weak, it can burst. If the aorta bursts, it can cause serious bleeding that can quickly lead to death.

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