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Jenny Wallenda dies at 87; matriarch of famous aerialist family

Jenny Wallenda dies at 87; matriarch of famous aerialist family

Jenny Wallenda, matriarch of the famous, sometimes star-crossed aerialist family, died Saturday at her home in Sarasota, Fla. She was 87. Wallenda had been diagnosed with cancer, her nephew Rick Wallenda said. Other members of the group known as The Flying Wallendas died in the course of their work. In 1978, Wallenda's father Karl fell 121 feet as he tried to skywalk between buildings in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1962, her cousin Dieter Schepp and her husband Dick Faughnan were killed before her eyes as a seven-person high-wire human pyramid fell three stories onto the concrete floor of a Detroit arena. Jenny Wallenda was supposed to be part of the act that night at the Shrine...

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