Patsy Ramsey dies at 49 Mother of slain JonBenet battled ovarian cancer Los Angeles Times Patsy Ramsey, who with her husband became suspects in the sensational 1996 murder of their daughter, JonBenet, has died. She was 49. Ramsey, who had been battling a recurrence of ovarian cancer, died Saturday at her father’s home in Roswell, Ga., according to her attorney, L. Lin Wood. Her husband John was at her side. JonBenet, a 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant, was found strangled and bludgeoned in the basement of the family’s home in an upscale neighborhood of Boulder the day after Christmas 1996. The murder remains unsolved, and no arrests were ever made in the case that captivated the nation. “Anyone who knows this family hoped that they would solve the murder case while she was still alive,” Wood told the Boulder Daily Camera on Saturday. But the Ramseys remained under what Boulder police called “an umbrella of suspicion” and at the center of a media storm of speculation. They vigorously defended themselves against accusations that they were involved in their daughter’s death and steadfastly maintained that an intruder committed the crime.