The family of the late actor Bill Paxton has settled a wrongful death action filed against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a surgeon who performed heart surgery on him.
According to his death certificate, Paxton died on February 25, 2017, from a stroke that occurred 11 days after undergoing surgery to replace a heart valve and treat aortic damage.
A medical group of anesthesiologists agreed to pay $1 million to resolve a portion of the family’s case for wrongful death.
The complaint against the hospital and surgeon was filed more than four years ago. The settlement was reached soon before the trial was supposed to begin. However, counsel for Paxton’s 30-year-old wife, Louise, and their two children, James and Lydia, filed a notice in Los Angeles Superior Court indicating that they had agreed to settle the lawsuit.
Plaintiffs’ attorneys Bruce Broillet and Steve Heimberg said, “The matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.”
The terms are confidential, according to the attorneys. A court must still approve the agreement.
Paxton appeared in the movie Apollo 13, Titanic, and Aliens, as well as the television series Big Love.