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The fam­ily of Bill Pax­ton has filed a wrong­ful death law­suit against a Los An­ge­les hos­pi­tal and the sur­geon who per­formed the ac­tor’s heart surgery shortly be­fore he died.

The suit filed Fri­day against Cedars-Si­nai Med­i­cal Cen­ter al­leges that the sur­geon used a “high risk and un­con­ven­tional sur­gi­cal ap­proach” that was un­nec­es­sary and that he lacked the ex­pe­ri­ence to per­form, and that he down­played the pro­ce­dure’s risks.

And it al­leges the hos­pi­tal knew the sur­geon, Dr. Ali Khoynezhad, tended to “en­gage in mav­er­ick surg­eries and show sub­op­ti­mal judg­ment.” The mis­guided treat­ment caused Pax­ton to suf­fer ex­ces­sive bleed­ing, car­dio­genic shock and a com­pro­mised coro­nary artery.

Pax­ton’s death cer­tifi­cate said he died Feb. 25, 2017, from a stroke, 11 days af­ter surgery to re­place a heart valve and re­pair aorta dam­age. He was 61.

“Bill Pax­ton and his fam­ily trusted the physi­cians and staff at this med­i­cal fa­cil­ity but in­stead, Cedars-Si­nai be­trayed their trust,” the fam­ily’s at­tor­ney Bruce Broil­let said in a state­ment. “The sur­geon’s ac­tions re­sulted in this tragic and pre­ventable death.”

Pax­ton’s widow, Louise, and chil­dren, James and Ly­dia, brought the law­suit. It seeks un­spec­i­fied dam­ages and re­serves the right to add more de­fen­dants who work for the hos­pi­tal as their roles and names be­come clear.

Cedars-Si­nai said it could not of­fer pub­lic com­ment about Pax­ton’s case.

“State and fed­eral pri­vacy laws pre­vent us from com­ment­ing about pa­tient care with­out writ­ten au­tho­riza­tion,” a state­ment said. “Noth­ing is more im­por­tant to Cedars-Si­nai than the health and safety of our pa­tients. These re­main our top pri­or­i­ties. One of the rea­sons for our high qual­ity is that we thor­oughly re­view con­cerns about any pa­tient’s med­i­cal care. This process en­sures that we can con­tinue to pro­vide the high­est qual­ity care.” Khoynezhad has since left Cedars-Si­nai for an­other hos­pi­tal. An af­ter-hours mes­sage left seek­ing com­ment from him was not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

The law­suit comes just be­fore the first an­niver­sary of the death of Pax­ton. He was star­ring in the CBS drama “Train­ing Day” when he died.


BILL PAX­TON MOVIES “The Cir­cle” (2017) “Edge of To­mor­row” (2014) “Ver­ti­cal Limit” (2000) “Ti­tanic” (1997) “Apollo 13” (1995)

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