Bill Paxton’s family is blaming the hospital and doctor who operated on him last year for his untimely death. He was 61 years old.

Nearly a year after Apollo 13 star Bill Paxton died from complications from surgery, his family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the surgeon and hospital that treated him.

Paxton suffered a stroke nearly two weeks after undergoing heart surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm (an abnormal bulge in the blood vessel wall) and replace his bicuspid aortic valve, which lets blood flow from the left atrium to the left ventricle. He died Feb. 25, 2017, at age 61.

His widow Louise Paxton, son James, daughter Lydia and his estate filed suit late last week in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging wrongful death, negligence and battery on the part of cardiovascular surgeon Ali Khoynezhad and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

In their filing, obtained by Paxton’s hometown paper, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the family says Khoynezhad did not disclose that his planned surgical technique was risky and “unconventional,” that he lacked experience with it, and that it was “beyond the scope of his (hospital) privileges.”

In a press release accompanying the complaint, lawyer Steve Heimberg notes Khoynezhad left Cedars-Sinai soon after the actor’s death. 


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“Defendant Ali Khoynezhad intentionally performed unnecessary heart surgery” on Paxton, the lawsuit says. During the course of that surgery, the doctor, the hospital and up to 100 other unnamed individuals “acted negligently and/or recklessly and provided harmful and/or offensive management and treatment of (Paxton) thereby causing his death,” the lawsuit states.  

They also say the hospital failed to discipline Khoynezhad for his conduct in Paxton’s case, and failed to…