Facing a wrongful death lawsuit and life without her beloved chimpanzee companion, Travis, Sandra Herold — the owner of the chimp that mauled her friend beyond recognization in a brutal attack last year — died of aneurysm in Connecticut this week.

Charla Nash was visiting Herold and Travis at their home in Stamford in February 2009 when the 200 lbs. chimp suddenly went wild. Nash was badly mauled before cops shot and killed Travis. Nash was transferred to an Ohio hospital, where she continues to receive extensive reconstructive surgery and other medical care.

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