Bill Paxton's family blames surgeon, world-famous hospital for actor's 2017 death

Bill Paxton arrives at the Critics' Choice Television Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills Calif

Bill Paxton's family blames surgeon, world-famous hospital for actor's 2017 death

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.

Bill Paxton's family is blaming the hospital and doctor who operated on him previous year for his untimely death.

Paxton suffered a stroke almost two weeks after undergoing heart surgery to fix an aortic aneurysm (an abnormal bulge in the blood vessel wall) and replace his bicuspid aortic valve, which lets blood flow from the left atrium to the left ventricle. It also claims Paxton began suffering complications after the surgeon left the operating room "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".

The lawsuit states the family had put their full trust in the doctor and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center but their trust was ultimately misplaced and they were betrayed.

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

Bill Paxton passed away just a little under a year ago shortly after undergoing surgery at the age of 61.

According to Bill Paxton's death certificate, he suffered the stroke and died after the surgery left him with cardiogenic shock, excessive bleeding and compromised his aorta.

The hospital notes that by law it is not allowed to comment on "patient care without written authorization".

"But we can share the following: Nothing is more important to Cedars-Sinai than the health and safety of our patients", the statement said.

In addition to "Apollo 13" and "Titanic", Paxton also appeared in "The Terminator" and "Twister" and starred on the HBO series "Big Love".

Paxton was required to have an emergency surgery to fix the coronary artery and died 10 days later.

"These remain our top priorities", the statement said. "This process ensures that we can continue to provide the highest quality care", Cedars-Sinai's statement said. Bruce Broillet represents the family in their claim.

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