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Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Family of Bill Paxton sues hospital, doctor for wrongful death

Family of Bill Paxton sues hospital, doctor for wrongful death

PAXTON LAWSUIT: The family of actor Bill Paxton is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital and surgeon who treated him after he died of complications following a heart procedure.

E! News said the "Twister" and "Titanic" actor's wife and children filed the court documents Friday.

According to the lawsuit, which was obtained by Page Six on Tuesday, the family claims Dr. Ali Khoynezhad performed an unnecessary procedure which resulted in the "Apollo 13" star's death 11 days later.

In a statement, the family's attorney Bruce Broillet said: "Bill Paxton and his family trusted the physicians and staff at this medical facility but instead Cedars-Sinai betrayed their trust". It also claims Paxton began suffering complications after the surgeon left the operating room "without arranging for continuous care and coverage ... and failed to timely return to the operating room upon notification of the complications, causing a delay in treatment resulting in damage".

Cedars-Sinai said that federal and state health privacy law forbids them from commenting on patient care, but they stated that they cared about safety. Paxton had died on February 25, 2017, he was 61-year-old.

Titanic star Paxton died in February previous year 11 days on from undergoing a procedure to fix an aneurysm.

In a press release accompanying the complaint, lawyer Steve Heimberg notes Khoynezhad left Cedars-Sinai soon after the actor's death. "These remain our top priorities". During the course of that surgery, the doctor, the hospital and up to 100 other unnamed individuals "acted negligently and/or recklessly and provided harmful and/or offensive management and treatment of (Paxton) thereby causing his death". One of the reasons for our high quality is that we thoroughly review concerns about any patient's medical care.

The lawsuit asserts the doctor and the hospital committed "battery", acting "with intent to harm" Paxton by "knowingly performing high-risk and unconventional surgery" without explaining the risks.

Paxton, who was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, was among the industry's busiest actors, with almost 100 credits, and was starring in the CBS drama "Training Day" when he died.

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