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 today, 13 days after the tube was removed. She was 41.
Schiavo died at the Pinellas Park, Fla., hospice where she lay for years while her husband and her parents fought over her in the nation's most bitter -- and most heavily litigated -- right-to-die dispute.
The feud between the parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, and their son-in-law continued even after her death: Franciscan Brother Paul O'Donnell, an adviser to the Schindlers, said they and their two other children "were denied access at the moment of her death. They've been requesting, as you know, for the last hour to try to be in there and they were denied access by Michael Schiavo. They are in there now, praying at her bedside."
Michael Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, announced the death but had no immediate comment beyond that.