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Top 22 Celebrity Victims Of Medical Malpractice

The lives and careers of beloved entertainment and sports figures have been cut short as a result of medical negligence. Here are the top 22 tragic examples (each documented by a lawsuit and/or a medical board sanction).

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1. Julie Andrews

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A negligent throat procedure caused her permanent damage, ending the Oscar-winning actress’ singing career.

2. Marty Balin

Jefferson Airplane’s co-founder and lead singer entered a hospital for heart problems and left with half a tongue, a paralyzed vocal cord and an amputated thumb, ending his career.
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Jefferson Airplane’s co-founder and lead singer entered a hospital for heart problems and left with half a tongue, a paralyzed vocal cord and an amputated thumb, ending his career.

3. Dana Carvey

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The comedian’s negligent heart surgeon operated on the wrong artery, causing serious illness and long-term recovery.

4. Glenn Frey

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The Eagles guitarist and co-founder died after numerous hospital mistakes surrounding his ulcerative colitis and other medical conditions.

5. Maurice Gibb

The Bee Gees’ star died after a Florida hospital failed to notice that his bowel and intestine were twisted.
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The Bee Gees’ star died after a Florida hospital failed to notice that his bowel and intestine were twisted.

6. Pete Hamilton

The Former NASCAR champion’s doctor left surgical equipment in his broken shoulder and committed other horrendous surgical errors, causing agonizing pain and multiple complications.
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The Former NASCAR champion’s doctor left surgical equipment in his broken shoulder and committed other horrendous surgical errors, causing agonizing pain and multiple complications.

7. Hulk Hogan

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A Florida clinic aggravated and worsened the wrestling legend's spinal conditions, sidelining his career for nearly two years.

8. Michael Jackson

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The music icon died from a lethal dose of anesthesia administered by his doctor.

9. Ed McMahon

A California hospital failed to diagnose the “Tonight Show” personality’s broken neck, necessitating two spine operations that caused excruciating pain.
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A California hospital failed to diagnose the “Tonight Show” personality’s broken neck, necessitating two spine operations that caused excruciating pain.

10. Marilyn Monroe

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The Hollywood icon died from an overdose of deadly medications prescribed by her doctors.

11. Bill Paxton

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The actor died after high-risk, unconventional heart surgery caused multiple, untreated complications.

12. Elvis Presley

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The "king of rock and roll" died from a lethal mixture of drugs overprescribed by his doctor.

13. Prince

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The music superstar died from a fentanyl overdose after health providers failed to properly diagnose and treat a prior opiate overdose.

14. Freddie Prinze

The comedian and “Chico and the Man” TV star committed suicide after doctors overprescribed quaaludes and returned a gun to him, which he used to shoot himself.
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The comedian and “Chico and the Man” TV star committed suicide after doctors overprescribed quaaludes and returned a gun to him, which he used to shoot himself.

15. Dennis Quaid (children)

The actor’s newborn twins received multiple lethal overdoses of medication in a hospital, causing them to bleed profusely while screaming in pain.
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The actor’s newborn twins received multiple lethal overdoses of medication in a hospital, causing them to bleed profusely while screaming in pain.

16. John Ritter

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After collapsing at work, the Emmy award-winning actor was misdiagnosed and improperly treated at a hospital, where he died.

17. Geraldo Rivera

The TV personality’s foot was mangled following back surgery.
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The TV personality’s foot was mangled following back surgery.

18. Joan Rivers

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The legendary comedian died at a New York endoscopy center after being subjected to numerous unauthorized and unsafe procedures.

19. Matt Roberts

The 3 Doors Down guitarist died after overdosing on drugs overprescribed by his doctor.
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The 3 Doors Down guitarist died after overdosing on drugs overprescribed by his doctor.

20. Dick Schaap

The legendary award-winning sports writer and broadcaster died after routine hip replacement surgery, when tests indicated the procedure would be too dangerous.
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The legendary award-winning sports writer and broadcaster died after routine hip replacement surgery, when tests indicated the procedure would be too dangerous.

21. Anna Nicole Smith

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The model and TV personality overdosed on drugs illegally prescribed by her doctor.

22. Andy Warhol

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The prolific artist, director and producer died after gallbladder surgery when hospital personnel essentially drowned him with fluid.

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