The family of late actor Bill Paxton has agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit against a Los Angeles hospital and the surgeon who performed his heart surgery shortly before his death in 2017, according to a filing Friday.
The lawsuit, filed against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center more than four years ago, was due to go to trial next month. But attorneys for Paxton’s wife of 30 years, Louise, and their two children, James and Lydia, filed a notice in Los Angeles Superior Court saying they had agreed to settle the case.
“The matter has been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties,” plaintiffs’ attorneys Bruce Broillet and Steve Heimberg said in a statement.
The terms are confidential, the attorneys said. Emails seeking comment from the defendants were not immediately returned. The deal still needs to be approved by a judge.
Paxton, who starred in movies like “Apollo 13,” “Titanic” and “Aliens,” and TV series like “Big Love,” died Feb. 25, 2017.
The cause was a stroke that occurred 11 days after surgery to replace a heart valve and repair damage to the aorta, according to his death certificate.
The lawsuit, filed a year later, alleged that the surgeon, Dr. Ali Khoynezhad, used a “high-risk, unconventional surgical approach” that was unnecessary and lacked experience to perform, and that he had minimized the risks of the procedure.
The misguided treatment caused Paxton excessive bleeding, cardiogenic shock and a compromised coronary artery, the lawsuit claims, and said Cedars-Sinai knew Khoynezhad had a tendency to “indulge in unconventional surgeries and exercise self-esteem.” suboptimal judgement.
The defendants said in court documents that Paxton and his family knew and understood the risks involved in the procedure and voluntarily went ahead with the operation. The defendants said no negligence led to his death.
The four-year legal battle has been marked by frequent attempts by the Paxton family to extract more discovery evidence from the hospital and frequent court hearings into the matter.
Paxton, who was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, was one of the industry’s most active performers from the early 1980s until his death, amassing nearly 100 credits, including “Twister.” and “Weird Science”. He was starring in the CBS drama series “Training Day” when he died.