Matriarch of Wallenda circus preforming family dies at 87

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Posted: Apr 05, 2015 11:06 AM

The Associated Press (AP) — Jenny Wallenda, matriarch of the famous family of high-flying circus performers, has died. She was 87.

Wallenda's nephew, Rick Wallenda, said his aunt died late Saturday at her home in Sarasota, Florida, following a lengthy illness.

Wallenda was the oldest daughter of high wire walker Karl Wallenda and grandmother of daredevil performer Nik Wallenda.

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Jenny Wallenda's husband, Richard Faughnan, died in 1962 when a human pyramid collapsed. Karl Wallenda fell to his death in 1978.