Dr. Phil McGraw's sister-in-law dies 17 years after random acid attack

Dr. Phil's wife Robin shares an Instagram post dedicated to her sister, Cindi Broaddus, who died after battling acid attack for 17 years.

Dr. Phil McGraw's sister-in-law dies 17 years after random acid attack

Dr. Phil McGraw's sister-in-law, Cindi Broaddus, an acid attack survivor, died on February 19 at the age of 68, an obituary printed in the local paper, The Duncan, confirms. Her funeral service was scheduled on her birthday, February 23. 

Cindi, the sister of Dr. Phil's wife Robin, was subjected to a horrific attack when an unidentified person threw a jar of sulfuric acid on her in the early hours of June 5, 2001. 

The acid burned 70 percent of Cindi's body, including her face, and she had to undergo more than 12 surgeries. She was hospitalized for three weeks and was given a 30 percent chance of survival.

When the incident occurred 17 years ago, Cindi was sleeping in the passenger seat of a car while being driven when the acid was thrown at her through the window.

“I remember being really calm and talking to Jim and telling him to pull the car over and stuff,” Cindi had told Duncan Regional Hospital employees in 2017, according to KSWO.

“He, on the other hand, said I was screaming bloody murder and I was yelling and that I was dying and I did think I wasn’t going to live very long. I thought I was dying.”

Dr Phil McGraw and wife Robin McGraw attend the 'Selma' and the Legends Who Paved the Way gala at Bacara Resort on December 6, 2014 in Goleta, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The chemical burns she suffered and battled against inspired her to write a book in 2006 titled 'A Random Act: An Inspiring True Story of Fighting to Survive and Choosing to Forgive', for which Dr. Phil wrote the foreword.

Cindi's book (Source: Amazon)

The obituary sheds light on Cindi's life reflections and musings. She worked as a Cable One employee for 27 years "where most of her client relationships often turned into lifelong friendships."

"Angela, Shelli and Brandi "her girls" were the light of her life and they were her biggest fans. They were with her every step of her journey. Her true pride and joy were Kennedy, Carson, Austin, Emma and Jameson. They were the five luckiest grandkids who knew what happened at Grandma's... stayed at Grandma's," it further reads.

Robin shared a photo collage of her sister to Instagram the day after her funeral.

Robin_mcgrawI am reposting @branlo35 post....I am so proud of you and Angela and Shelli. We are all heartbroken and will miss her everyday. She was our hero. You 3 all made her life a dream. She lived everyday for her daughters and you always made her the happiest woman ever! I will celebrate her and her strength and her unwavering support for me the rest of my life. I miss her dearly. (Source: Instagram)

She captioned; “I am reposting @branlo35 post….I am so proud of you and Angela and Shelli. We are all heartbroken and will miss her everyday. She was our hero. You 3 all made her life a dream. She lived everyday for her daughters and you always made her the happiest woman ever! I will celebrate her and her strength and her unwavering support for me the rest of my life. I miss her dearly.”

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