John Ritter's Family Loses Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The wrongful death lawsuit made by the family of John Ritter was resolved when a California jury decided that the doctors in question were not negligent. Dr. Matthew Lotysch, a radiologist, and Dr. Joseph Lee, the cardiologist who treated Ritter on the night of his death, were cleared of all blame in the $67 million lawsuit when the jury failed to reach a unanimous decision, a requirement for wrongful-death trials.

Ritter passed away in 2003 of a torn aorta and since then, his family has received more than $14 million in settlements related to the actor's death. Ultimately, in this case, the jurors noted that Ritter did not heed the advice of his radiologist to see a physician, after he was advised to do so upon hearing the results of his 2001 body scan. In other words, it was John's fault for not HEEDING advice. sick, heeding.