Terri Schiavo, the severely brain-damaged woman who spent 15 years connected to a feeding tube in an epic legal and medical battle that went all the way to the White House and Congress, died Thursday, 13 days after the tube was removed. She was 41.
Word of the death came shortly after the parents, through their adviser, asked that they be allowed to be at her bedside when she died.
It was nearly two weeks ago that the brain-damaged woman was disconnected from the feeding tube that had kept her alive for years. Even after that, her parents continued their desperate legal battle to have the tube reattached.
An autopsy is planned, with both sides hoping it will shed more light on the extent of her brain injuries.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.