Lana Peters, 85, the reclusive daughter of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, whose defection to the West during the Cold War embarrassed the ruling communists and made her a best-selling author, died of colon cancer Nov. 22 in Wisconsin.
Her death was confirmed by Mary Turner, a coroner in Richland County, where Ms. Peters had lived off and on after becoming a U.S. citizen in the 1960s.
Ms. Peterss defection in 1967 caused an international frenzy and was a public relations coup for an American government fighting communists in the jungles of Vietnam.
The Soviet premier, Alexei Kosygin, denounced Ms. Peters as morally unstable and a sick person.
At the time, Ms. Peters