Tuesday 20 August 2019

Zsa Zsa Gabor's widower tells how star 'wanted to go' as she died aged 99

Zsa Zsa Gabor pictured in 1993 - her widower has told how she died of a heart attack aged 99
Zsa Zsa Gabor pictured in 1993 - her widower has told how she died of a heart attack aged 99

The widower of Hollywood actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has said she "wanted to go" as he described the final moments before her death.

Prince Frederic von Anhalt spoke to reporters on Monday, a day after Gabor, 99, suffered a fatal heart attack at their home in Bel-Air, Los Angeles.

He revealed he performed CPR on his wife after calling emergency services when her hand felt cold and her blood pressure fell dangerously low.

Paramedics arrived at the house and she was rushed to hospital but medics were unable to save her, he said.

Von Anhalt told reporters: "It just took 30 seconds and the doctor came out and said 'Look, there's nothing we can do any more. She passed away'.

"There was no pain. She didn't scream or complain about anything. There is no pain pill in the house. She never had any pain over the years, it was just her blood pressure.

"The way I see it, when I felt her hand and it was cold already, she was slowly slipping away peacefully without pain and it was just the time for her to go. She wanted to go."

Gabor, the great aunt of Paris Hilton, was better known for her string of marriages, totalling nine if a quickly annulled shipboard ceremony is included, than her work on-screen.

She had long suffered from ill health after being partly paralysed in a car accident in 2002 and suffering a stroke in 2005.

Born in Budapest in 1917, she started her career in the 1940s and went from being a beauty queen, to millionaire's wife to major public figure.

The late Michael Winner, who directed her in the 1976 film Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood, once described her as largely playing a thinly-veiled version of herself.

She was also known for her wit, having once said: "I am a marvellous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house."

Tributes flooded on to social media following Gabor's death.

US chat show host Larry King said: "There will only be one Zsa Zsa Gabor. And, I liked her a lot. Rest In Peace, my dear."

I Dream Of Jeannie star Barbara Eden tweeted: "Rest in peace Zsa Zsa Gabor. She and her sisters were lovely ladies who were always fun and delightful to be around."

Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese wrote: "Another Hollywood legend has left us, the glamorous Zsa Zsa Gabor, one of the wittiest beauties."

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