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Gucci's 'Black Widow' in suicide attempt
MILAN, Italy -- The former wife of fashion mogul Maurizio Gucci has tried to hang herself with a sheet in an Italian prison where she is serving a sentence for her ex-husband's murder, her lawyer and family said on Thursday.
Patrizia Reggiani, dubbed the "Black Widow" after being convicted of ordering Gucci's gangland-style killing in 1995, was found by guards and taken to hospital.
She was then quickly returned to the Opera prison where she is serving a 26-year sentence.
"She just said 'I wanted to go'...Psychologically she is in a terrible state," her mother Silvana Barbieri said after visiting her with one of Reggiani's daughters.
Lawyer Mario Giraldi put the suicide attempt on Wednesday down to the former socialite's health, saying she suffered a serious form of epilepsy.
Reggiani and four co-plotters were accused of killing Gucci, the last grandson of the founder of the fashion dynasty, in November 1998 after a six-month trial which mesmerised Italy.
The "Black Widow" admitted hating Gucci and wanting him dead after he left her for another woman, but she denied hiring the killer who pumped three bullets into the 46-year-old billionaire.
Their marriage had gone sour in the mid-1980s and Reggiani, the daughter of a laundress, dismissed a divorce settlement reportedly in the region of $1 million as "little more than a plate of lentils."
Reuters contributed to this report.
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