Jenny Wallenda, Matriarch of Wallenda Circus Performing Family, Dies at 87

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Jenny Wallenda, matriarch of the internally 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.

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

Source: The AP

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