The family of late actor Bill Paxton has reached a $1 million settlement with the medical company it sued after his post-surgery death in 2017, a report said Friday.
The seven-figure settlement was detailed in court papers filed in Los Angeles County by General Anesthesia Specialists, who were named as defendants in the suit filed by the “Twister” actor’s widow and two children, NBC News reported.
The anesthesia group was involved in the heart surgery Paxton underwent about two weeks before he died at the age of 61, according to the report.
The group denied responsibility for Paxton’s death — and a lawyer for the outfit told NBC that the settlement, which is contingent on a judge’s sign-off, was a “business decision.”
Paxton, who rose to fame in the 1980s and 90s as a character actor in Hollywood hits such as “Twister” and “Apollo 13,” as well as the HBO series “Big Love,” died of a stroke 11 days after he underwent heart surgery, according to his death certificate, which was first published by TMZ
The suit filed by his family also names Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the surgeon who operated on the actor as defendants.
“Bill Paxton and his family trusted the physicians and staff at this medical facility but instead Cedars-Sinai betrayed their trust,” the family’s lawyer, Bruce Broillet, said in a statement after the suit was filed in 2018.
“The surgeon’s actions resulted in this tragic and preventable death,” he added.
The suit claims the surgeon used “high risk and unconventional surgical approach” during the procedure, which ultimately led to Paxton’s death.
The remaining defendants and Paxton’s family are scheduled to go to trial in September unless a settlement is reached beforehand, NBC reported.