Bill Paxton's family sues Cedars-Sinai for wrongful death

Bill Paxton's family is suing Cedars-Sinai for wrongful death, alleging his doctor recommended an unconventional surgery without explaining the risks.

The actor died of a stroke nearly one year ago following a heart surgery for aortic aneurysm repair. Paxton's wife and children claim the hospital and its staff were negligent.

Cedars, and Dr. Ali Khoynezhad, misrepresented the risks of the surgery, and failed to disclose that it was an unconventional approach that was "beyond the scope" of the doctor's experience and privileges, according to a complaint filed Friday in L.A. County Superior Court. 

Paxton suffered serious complications during and after the surgery, and, according to the complaint, Khoynezhad had already left the operating room which created a delay in treating the damage. 

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THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 924 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Bill Paxton during an interview with host Jay Leno on May 16, 1996 -- (Photo by: Margaret C. Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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BURBANK, CA - MARCH 31: Actor Bill Paxton appears on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios on March 31, 2003 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Canadian director James Cameron (R) and US actor and director Bill Paxton pose for photographers with 3D glasses upon arrival at the palais des festivals before the screening of Cameron's 'Ghosts of the abyss', a documentary on the wreck of Titanic, during the 56th Cannes film festival 17 May 2003. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP / FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Actors Ginnifer Goodwin, Bill Paxton and Jeanne Tripplehorn speak onstage at the 13th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards with presenting sponsor Lacoste held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on February 22, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CDG)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Actors Samuel L. Jackson; Bill Paxton, and Billy Bob Thornton pose at the 13th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards with presenting sponsor Lacoste held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on February 22, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Actors Bill Paxton (L) and Gina Carano attend Relativity Media's premiere of 'Haywire' after party co-hosted by Playboy held at DGA Theater on January 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Relativity Media)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Actor Bill Paxton (R) and wife Louise Newbury arrive at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 12: Host Jenna Elfman (L) and actor Bill Paxton onstage at the 2012 Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 12, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images For Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: In this handout photo provided by WBTV, 'Edge of Tomorrow' stars (L-R) Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton at the Warner Bros. booth during Comic-Con 2013 on July 20, 2013 in San Diego, California.(Photo by Chris Frawley/WBTV via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: Bill Paxton attends the '2 Guns' New York Premiere at SVA Theater on July 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 31: Actors Bill Paxton (L) and Olivier Martinez attend the 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 31, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 9: 'Wages of Sin' -- Pictured: Bill Paxton as Frank Rourke. Deputy Chief Lockhart opens an internal investigation into a past shooting which could cost Frank his badge and freedom, forcing Kyle to help Frank clear his name or risk losing the one man who could help him solve his father's murder, on TRAINING DAY, THURSDAY, MARCH 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Darren Michaels/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: (EDITORS NOTE: image converted to black and white) Actor Bill Paxton attends the premiere of Momentum Pictures' 'Wheeler' at the Vista Theatre on January 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

Paxton's family also claims the hospital was reckless in allowing Khoynezhad to perform an unnecessary and "maverick" surgical procedure and that it failed to discipline him afterward.

Cedars-Sinai sent The Hollywood Reporter a statement Tuesday: "State and federal privacy laws prevent us from commenting about patient care without written authorization. But we can share the following: Nothing is more important to Cedars-Sinai than the health and safety of our patients. These remain our top priorities. One of the reasons for our high quality is that we thoroughly review concerns about any patient’s medical care. This process ensures that we can continue to provide the highest quality care." 

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