Jean Harris, 'Scarsdale Diet' doctor killer, dies

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    Jean Harris poses for a photograph April 20, 1983 while incarcerated at the Bedford Correctional Facility in Bedford, NY for murdering her lover, Dr. Herman Tarnower. (Photo by Yvonne Hemsey/Getty Images)
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    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Jean Harris, who spent 12 years in prison for killing the "Scarsdale Diet" doctor in a lovers' quarrel, has died at age 89.

    Her son James says Harris died Sunday at an assisted-living facility in New Haven, Conn.

    Harris had claimed it was an accident when she shot her longtime lover, Dr. Herman Tarnower, in 1980. She said she had really intended to confront him over his womanizing and then kill herself.

    But she was convicted of murder in 1981 and sentenced to 15 years to life. She was granted clemency in 1992 after suffering two heart attacks in prison.

    She had been headmistress of the fashionable Madeira School for girls in Virginia. The 69-year-old Tarnower had developed the famous Scarsdale Diet of the 1970s and sold millions of books.

    (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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