2nd woman dies following NYC river chopper crash

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A woman who was hospitalized after a helicopter crashed into New York City's East River has died a week after the accident killed her partner.

A hospital spokeswoman Wednesday confirmed the death of 43-year-old Helen Tamaki, of New Zealand. Tamaki had been in critical condition after the crash.

Bellevue Hospital Center spokeswoman Francis Arscott says Tamaki died Tuesday night. A spokeswoman for the city's medical examiner says the cause of death was "complications of near drowning."

The helicopter was carrying four passengers and a pilot when it crashed shortly after takeoff Oct. 4, killing Sonia Marra, who was celebrating her 40th birthday. Another passenger was seriously injured. The pilot and the fourth passenger were unharmed.

The crash of the Bell 206 helicopter is under investigation.