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Bill Paxton’s family sues surgeon and hospital for wrongful death

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 13/02/2018 PETER SBLENDORIO

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The family of late film star Bill Paxton asserts a Los Angeles hospital and the surgeon who performed a heart operation on him last February are responsible for his death.

The "Apollo 13" star's family is suing surgeon Ali Khoynezhad — as well as the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he performed the operation — for wrongful death, court documents obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reveal.

In the lawsuit, Paxton's family accuses Khoynezhad of carrying out an improper procedure that caused complications that ultimately resulted in the actor's death last Feb. 25, while also blaming the hospital for its inactivity.

Bill Paxton died last Feb. 25. © Jason Merritt/TERM/Getty Images Bill Paxton died last Feb. 25.

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

Paxton had a stroke 11 days after Khoynezhad operated on him, according to the Star-Telegram. Paxton's cause of death was officially determined to be a stroke.

The release states Khoynezhad stopped working for Cedars-Sinain not long after Paxton passed away.

"We are pursuing accountability and justice from a physician and a hospital that failed to adequately protect Mr. Paxton," plaintiff attorney Steve Heimberg said in the release, according to the newspaper.

Paxton was 61 when he died. In addition to "Apollo 13," he appeared in "Titanic," "The Terminator" "Twister" and many other memorable movies.

He's survived by his wife Louise and their two children.

At the time of his death, a rep for Paxton's family attributed his death to "complications due to surgery."

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