JonBenet Ramsey's mother dies of cancer

Patsy Ramsey, who came under suspicion for the murder of her daughter JonBenet, has died of cancer at the age of 49.

The mother of JonBenet Ramsey, the six-year-old beauty queen who was murdered in 1996, has died after a long bout with cancer.

Patsy Ramsey died at her father's home in Atlanta, Ga., Saturday at the age of 49, with her husband, John, at her bedside.

"It is not unexpected but it is a sad day," Ramsey'slawyer Lin Wood told the Associated Press.

She said Ramseywas first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1993. The disease responded well to treatment and went into remission, but reappeared several years ago.

Ramsey's death brings to a close one chapter in a tragedy that has intriguedmany peoplefor years.

In her short life, JonBenet was crowned Little Miss Colorado; Little Miss Charlevoix, Mich.; Colorado State All-Star Kids Cover Girl; America's Royale Miss, and National Tiny Miss Beauty.

But the popular child queen was found strangled to death in the basement of the family's home in Boulder, Colo., with a ransom note demanding $118,000 US for her safe return.

JonBenet's parents came under suspicion, but the murderer was never found.

"Hopefully [Patsy's] legacy will not be tied to the false accusation related to the brutal murder of her daughter," Wood said.