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In 1959, Linda Pugach became a media sensation after a man, hired by her spurned lover Burton Pugach, threw a mixture of lye and soda in her face, partially blinding her. Last Thursday, Linda Pugach passed away at the age of 75.
Linda Pugach left behind an intriguing love story that has been chronicled by Dan Klores in the 2007 documentary Crazy Love.
When Linda Pugach met Burton Pugach in 1956 he was married. After a year long affair, Linda Pugach called of the relationship, after which Burton Pugach reportedly hired a man to beat her, according to Yahoo!. Sentenced to 14 years in prison for his involvement in the crime, Burton Pugach was released in 1974, at which time he proposed to Linda Pugach on TV.
The married couple was unable to stay out of the media spotlight, however. In 1997, Burton Pugach was accused of threatening another woman with whom he had been having an affair for five years, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was acquitted and the pair went on living their normal New York City lives.
"This was a very fairy tale romance," said Burton Pugach on Thursday according to the Associated Press.
Linda Pugach entered the hospital on Dec. 26 and is now buried in Paramus, NJ.