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Doctors Cleared Of Wrongdoing in Ritter Death

3/14/2008 3:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

In a 9-3 vote, a jury in a Los Angeles suburb has cleared two doctors -- a cardiologist and a radiologist -- of negligence in the death of actor John Ritter.

Jurors determined that doctors were not negligent for missing the diagnosis of a torn aorta in Ritter's heart.

Jurors found that Ritter had been advised by the radiologist, who had completed a body scan on him two years earlier, to follow-up with treatment by a physician, but Ritter didn't follow the order. Ritter died in 2003.

The $67 million lawsuit was brought by Ritter's widow, actress Amy Yasbeck, and his children.

The family already has already received more than $14 million in settlements, including $9.4 million from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, where Ritter died.

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myspace.com/sport_specific    

Its good that its cleared up finaly

2412 days ago
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jollyex    

That's interesting. It sure sounded Ritter's widow had a solid case, to me.

2412 days ago
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noitall    

Sorry, John. This sucks ..............

2412 days ago
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Going going going    

May he finally rest in peace.

2412 days ago
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sushi    

I think it's a great verdict on what was an unfortunate outcome. How will we ever convince people to go into the medical profession when they are subject to frivolous lawsuits. Not every condition can be recognized in time to be saved. He suffered from a rare medical condition that is often mistaken for a heart attack. If he had died of a heart attack, I'd bet those Dr.'s still would've been sued for an outrageous amount of money. I like Amy Yasbeck, but this sounds like greed pure and simple.

2412 days ago
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maria    

My heart breaks for what they are going through John ritter you are saddly missed never forgotten!

2412 days ago
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Manus    

I'm glad the doctor was cleared. John Ritter's death was sad and tragic. But the ER Cardiologist did everything he could with the information he had... I understand the emotions behind a lawsuit against the doctors, but the Ritter family already knew who screwed up... which is why the hospital paid out a multi-million dollar settlement to the Ritter family... The hospital was at fault not the doctor.

2412 days ago
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Cammie    

His wife may have "sounded" like she had a solid case to one but "professional" doctors do not divulge patient history to the press. Fortunately, a jury of intelligence brought the correct verdict to this case!

All the ridiculous lawsuits need to be curtailed in this country and people need to begin taking responsibility!

2412 days ago
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Ted    

Just proves how crazy juries are - here's a perfectly good case against these doctors, and the jury screws it up.

2412 days ago
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ME    

You don't have a solid case when you don't follow the doctor's orders.

2412 days ago
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Liz    

Such a very sad loss. You are missed John!

2412 days ago
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Tangie    

That wife was just being greedy! She has enough money!

2412 days ago
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YONKERS, NY    

I REALLY LIKE JOHN RITTER AND HIS WORK BUT I GUESS, LIKE MOST OF US, HE JUST DIDN'T HAVE THE TIME TO PAY AS MUCH ATTENTION TO HIS HEALTH AS HE SHOULD HAVE.

2412 days ago
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ME    

Amy Yasbeck needs to go back to being unfamous. Was she ever famous except being married to J.R.?

2412 days ago
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Todd Lee    

RIP john, he was a funny ass actor. ive been a big fan since Threes Compnay

2412 days ago
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