Bill Paxton’s family has agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit against a hospital and a surgeon who performed heart surgery on the late actor shortly before his death in 2017, according to a court statement Friday.
The settlement was announced as a Sept. 19 trial date for the Paxton family looms. That is, if the judge presiding over the case agrees to the settlement. This ends the lawsuits filed by Paxton’s wife, Louise, and their children, James and Lydia, against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and surgeon Ali Khoynezad.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. However, attorneys for the Paxton family, Bruce Broillet and Steve Heimberg, told the Associated Press, “The matter has been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties.”
Hospital officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Paxton died Feb. 25, 2017, from a stroke that occurred 11 days after surgery to replace a heart valve and repair damage to his aorta. His wife and children sued Khoynezad a year later, accusing him of performing risky, unconventional and unnecessary surgery on Paxton at Cedars-Sinai for which he was too inexperienced.
Paxton’s family alleged that Khoynezad tried to minimize the risks of the procedure before the plaintiff suffered excessive bleeding, heart shock and coronary artery damage, which eventually led to his death.
In the four years since the lawsuit was filed, the defendants have argued that Paxton and his relatives consented to the procedure despite knowing the risks. They denied that Paxton’s death was due to negligence.
Paxton was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, before becoming an actor in the early 1980s and making nearly 100 films.
Some of his best-known film appearances were in projects directed by James Cameron, including Titanic, Aliens, and True Lies. He also starred in the films Apollo 13 and Twister before taking the lead role in the television series Big Love.
His role in Big Love earned him three Golden Globe nominations. He was also nominated for an Emmy for his role in the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.
Paxton was 61 years old when he died.