Family of 'Titanic' Actor Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Hospital

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February 13, 2018Feb 13, 2018

The family of actor Bill Paxton believes his death in February of last year could have been avoided. In a wrongful death lawsuit, they contend his death was preventable, reported CNN

The family has filed a suit against the hospital and surgeon who treated the late actor.

Paxton, whose career credits included roles in "Titanic," "Aliens," and HBO's "Big Love," died February 25, 2017. He died just days after undergoing heart surgery.

Paxton was only 61 years old at the time of his death.

Paxton's family alleges the surgeon used "a high risk and unconventional surgical approach with which he lacked experience." They also contend that the hospital and surgeon, "misrepresented and/or concealed information relating to the risks of surgery."

The family argues that this factor contributed to Paxton's post-surgery complications.

"Bill Paxton and his family trusted the physicians and staff at this medical facility but instead Cedars-Sinai betrayed their trust," the family's attorney Bruce Broillet said in a statement. "The surgeon's actions resulted in this tragic and preventable death."

Paxton's death certificate officially lists his cause of death as stroke after heart surgery. He is survived by his two children, James and Lydia, and his wife of 30 years, Louise Paxton.

CNN has contacted representatives for Cedars-Sinai for comment.

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