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Woman charged in death of Ruthie Ann Miles daughter found dead in apparent suicide

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Ruthie Ann Miles and Abigail
Ruthies daughter Abigail was killed in the accident (Picture: Walter McBride/WireImage)

The woman who lost control of her car in an accident that killed the daughter and unborn child of Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Miles has been found dead in an apparent suicide.

Dorothy Bruns has died at the age of 44, with police saying that pills and a note were found nearby her body in her home in Staten Island.

A friend found Bruns unconscious and unresponsive in her bedroom on Tuesday, with medical responders pronouncing her dead on the scene.

Bruns was indicted in May by a grand jury and arraigned on charges of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and assault.

She faced 15 years in jail if found guilty.

FILE - In this March 8, 2018 file photo, people gather at a sidewalk memorial for two children who were killed the previous week when they were struck by a car driven by a woman who likely had a seizure behind the wheel, in the Park Slope neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Authorities say the woman who lost control of her car and fatally struck the child of a Tony Award-winning Broadway actress and another toddler in a Brooklyn crosswalk has died of an apparent suicide. Dorothy Bruns was found dead in her home in Staten Island borough of New York on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
Bruns lost control of her car in Brooklyn (Picture: AP)

On 5 March, The King And I star Ruthie was walking in Brooklyn with her four-year-old daughter Abigail, her friend Lauren Lew and Lews one-year-old son Joshua when Bruns allegedly ran a red light and struck them.

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Abigail and Joshua were both killed in the accident. Ruthie, who was seven months pregnant at the time of the crash, lost her unborn daughter two months later.

A 46-year-old man was also hit by Bruns car and was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Bruns allegedly suffered a seizure at the time of the collision, with prosecutors claiming that she had been told by doctors less than two months prior not to drive due to her medical issues.

The New York Police Department are investigating Bruns death.

Ruthie Ann Miles performs at Tony Awards
Ruthie lost her unborn daughter two months later (Picture: Getty)

In May, the Miles family lawyer confirmed that Ruthie, 35, and her husband Jonathan Blumenstein had lost their unborn baby.

Ben Rubinowitz said: At the time of the crash Ruthie was pregnant and was severely injured. This past Friday Ruthie and Jonathan lost their baby, Sophia Rosemary Wong Blumenstein.

The pain suffered by Ruthie and Jonathan is nearly impossible to fathom.

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Ruthie won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in the 2015 revival of The King And I.

The star currently has a recurring guest role in The Americans, while she has starred in productions of Avenue Q, Annie, Sweeney Todd and Here Lies Love.

In August, the actress returned to the stage for the first time since the tragedy, performing in the revival of The King And I.

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Her co-star Kelli OHara tweeted: She is singing like an angel and commanding the stage with a heavenly force. An inspiration to all. I knew you would want to know.

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