'Negligence' Caused Glenn Frey's Death, Widow Says

Cindy Frey has filed wrongful death suit against Mount Sinai Hospital, gastroenterologist
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2018 7:00 AM CST
In this April 10, 2014, file photo, Glenn Frey appears at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – The world was shocked to lose Glenn Frey at the relatively young age of 67 two years ago, and his widow is now saying his passing never should have happened. Rolling Stone reports Cindy Frey has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against NYC's Mount Sinai Hospital and Dr. Steven Itzkowitz, the gastroenterologist who was treating the former Eagles frontman for his acute ulcerative colitis and other conditions before his death in January 2016. The complaint claims that for two months in late 2015, the hospital and Itzkowitz didn't diagnose and treat Frey properly for his stomach problems, as well as for other issues (his death was brought on by complications from the colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and pneumonia), and didn't get him to the hospital in a timely manner.

The lawsuit asserts that all of this "negligence" led to Frey being "rendered sick, lame, and disabled," caused him "pain [and] mental anguish," and eventually led to his death. Per Billboard, Frey's manager gave an interview to the Wrap shortly after Frey's death and indicated Frey's colitis and pneumonia were partly brought on by the meds he'd been taking for more than a decade for his arthritis. Reuters notes the suit was filed just under the wire: New York state has a two-year statute of limitations on wrongful death complaints. The suit seeks unlisted damages for wrongful death, pain and suffering, and the loss of services of a spouse.

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