Big Love star Bill Paxton's family files wrongful death lawsuit

Big Love star Bill Paxton's family files wrongful death lawsuit

The family of the late Bill Paxton is suing the Los Angeles hospital and the surgeon who performed the surgery in which the actor died for wrongful death.

Paxton's death certificate says he died February 25, 2017, from a stroke, 11 days after surgery to replace a heart valve and fix aorta damage.

The lawsuit was filed against surgeon Ali Khoynezhad and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, the Fort-Worth Star Telegram reported Monday.

According to a news release from Paxton's family, they contend that Khoynezhad performed an improper procedure that led to the actor's death. Paxton is survived by his two children, James and Lydia, and his wife Louise. The document alleges that Paxton consulted Khoynezhad, Cedars-Sinai and other defendants in connection with cardiac conditions that included bicuspid aortic valve and aortic aneurysm.

Paxton, known for his roles in movies like Aliens and Twister, passed away in February of previous year.

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They claim the hospital and the doctor misrepresented the risks of the surgery and failed to disclose that it was an unconventional approach that was "beyond the scope" of the doctor's experience and privileges, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Paxton subsequently suffered complications including excessive bleeding, cardiogenic shock, right ventricular dysfunction and a compromised right coronary artery, according to the lawsuit. In an interview with Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast, which dropped a week before his surgery, Paxton said he had suffered a bout of rheumatic fever as a seventh grader growing up in Fort Worth. The suit alleges that the surgeon left "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 Medical Center responded the lawsuit by saying they are prohibited from discussing individual cases without clearances from the family.

In a statement, Cedars-Sinai said state and federal privacy laws prohibit it from "commenting about patient care without written authorization". These remain our top priorities.

Paxton, who appeared in films including Twister and Aliens, was 61 years old when he died last year.

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