Doctors Cleared in Death of John Ritter
Ritter's family must be very relieved at this news:
Doctors who treated John Ritter after he collapsed on the set of his television comedy were cleared on Friday in a $67 million wrongful death lawsuit brought by the Emmy-winning actor's wife and children.
Ritter, 54, died in a hospital in September 2003 after suffering a torn aorta while taping the ABC-TV comedy "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Daughter."
He was initially treated for a heart attack and his wife, Amy Yasbeck, and four children claimed he would still be alive if he had been correctly diagnosed and treated.
After a five-week trial in Glendale Superior Court, the jury cleared two doctors at the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center of wrongdoing.
Lawyers for the doctors had argued that Ritter had a very rare condition that would have been fatal whatever treatment he had been given and said the $67 million sought by the family would be catastrophic for the doctors.
The Ritter family has already received more than $14 million in civil settlements with the hospital and others in the case.