Select news sources are reporting the death of Maila Nurmi .
Nurmi achieved fame as the Morticia Addams derived Vampira, inspiring a generation of horror hosts. After two years on KABC-TV she was left typecast and unemployed, leading to her notorious appearance in Plan 9 from Outer Space. In later life she turned this notoriety to her advantage, opening Vampira's Attic antique store and making jewelry. Maila Nurmi was born in Finland in 1921, and died aged 86 on January 10 2008.
Is this the same person who tried to sue Cassandra Peterson (Elvira) for ripping off her character?
Yes; note she in turn ripped off Charles Addams! Contradicting the article in SFSA 13, apart from Plan Nine there is a film of her in character performing in character, although the provenance of the footage is disputed. Those promoting it claim it's a lost episode of The Vampira Show, however it appears to be a non-broadcast advert for the station.