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Bill Paxton's family goes after surgeon in wrongful death suit

14 February 2018

A year after Bill Paxton's death, his family has dragged the surgeon and the hospital that treated him to court with a wrongful death lawsuit.

The surgery, Paxton's family claims, contributed to the post-surgical complications that led to stroke and the actor's death. The 61-year-old actor had undergone heart surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center just 11 days before his death. Paxton's wife and children claim the hospital and its staff were negligent.

In a press release, which was issued along with the suit, attorney Steve Heimberg also revealed that Khoynezhad left Cedars-Sinai Medical Center shortly after Paxton's unexpected passing.

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 February 25, while also blaming the hospital for its inactivity.

In their filing, obtained by Paxton's hometown paper, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the family says Khoynezhad did not disclose that his planned surgical technique was risky and "unconventional", that he lacked experience with it, and that it was "beyond the scope of his (hospital) privileges".

Paxton, best known for his roles in "Aliens" and "The Terminator", suffered serious complications during and after the surgery. When notified of the complications, he failed to return to the operating room in a timely way, "causing a delay in treatment resulting in damage", the complaint said.

"State and federal privacy laws prevent us from commenting about patient care without written authorization".

"These remain our top priorities", the statement said. 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. He attended Aledo High School and then Arlington Heights High School, where he was active in drama and became a movie obsessive, watching films at such Fort Worth movie palaces as the Ridglea Theater.

Paxton also worked as a director, receiving strong reviews for his 2001 horror movie "Frailty" and his 2005 historical golf drama "The Greatest Game Ever Played". In 2015, he returned to Fort Worth as a panelist at the festival.

Bill Paxton's family goes after surgeon in wrongful death suit