Doctors responsible for treating actor John Ritter on Friday before he died in 2003 from a torn aorta, have been cleared of negligence after receiving a $67 million wrongful death lawsuit.
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. The lawsuit was brought by his family.
The jury found that the radiologist advised Ritter to follow up with treatment by a physician after a body scan two years before his death. Ritter, however, failed to follow his order.
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.
The Ritter family has already received more than $14 million in civil settlements with the hospital and others in the case.
Ritter was best known for his role on the hit 1970s sitcom Three's Company, for which he won an Emmy.