Paula Iacob, a Romanian lawyer whose cases ranged from unsuccessfully defending a dictator's son to saving a killer street dog from being put down, has died. She was 83.

Iacob died Tuesday, a few days after suffering a stroke, lawyer Daniel Ionascu said Wednesday.

She became a celebrity by taking on controversial cases and made regular television appearances.

Iacob made her name in 1990 when she unsuccessfully defended the late Nicolae Ceausescu's flamboyant son, Nicu Ceausescu, sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1992 for misuse of funds under during his father's rule. He died of liver cirrhosis in Vienna in 1996.

She successfully represented the street dog, Bosquito, who had fatally mauled a Japanese man.

She will be buried Thursday at the Bellu cemetery in Bucharest.