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March 8, 1990 | ELLIOTT ALMOND and MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Dr. Michael Mellman signed a release to allow Hank Gathers to play basketball shortly before he returned to the Loyola Marymount team in late December, according to Loyola Athletic Director Brian Quinn. The release was signed upon the opinion of cardiologist Dr. Vernon Hattori and Dr. Charles Swerdlow, an electro-physiologist who works with Hattori.
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April 21, 1990 | MARYANN HUDSON and ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Beverly Hills attorney representing the family of Hank Gathers filed a $32.5-million suit Friday claiming the former basketball star died because of questionable and negligent medical practices, and a conspiracy between Loyola Marymount Coach Paul Westhead and doctors to ensure Gathers would continue playing.
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April 21, 1990 | MARYANN HUDSON and ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Beverly Hills attorney representing the family of Hank Gathers filed a $32.5-million suit Friday claiming the former basketball star died because of questionable and negligent medical practices, and a conspiracy between Loyola Marymount Coach Paul Westhead and doctors to ensure Gathers would continue playing.
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March 8, 1990 | ELLIOTT ALMOND and MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Dr. Michael Mellman signed a release to allow Hank Gathers to play basketball shortly before he returned to the Loyola Marymount team in late December, according to Loyola Athletic Director Brian Quinn. The release was signed upon the opinion of cardiologist Dr. Vernon Hattori and Dr. Charles Swerdlow, an electro-physiologist who works with Hattori.
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March 8, 1990 | KENNETH J. GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The death of Loyola Marymount basketball star Hank Gathers has raised questions about the role physicians play in the arena of big-time college athletics. Medical ethicists agree that if Gathers ignored the advice of a cardiologist that he should stop playing basketball, then there was little the physician could do to stop him outside of breaking an adult patient's right to privacy.
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March 6, 1990 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The doctor who treated Hank Gathers after he fainted during a game Dec. 9 said Monday that the Loyola basketball star was healthy enough to play. "There was no debate as to what Hank was able to do," said Michael F. Mellman, an internist with Centinela Hospital Medical Center and a team doctor for the Dodgers and Kings. "In my mind he was physically capable to go out and play. But there was concern as to what Hank's problems were.
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January 11, 1991 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Speculating that the Los Angeles coroner's autopsy report on Hank Gathers might be wrong, defendants in the Gathers' family lawsuit successfully petitioned in Los Angeles County Superior Court Thursday to obtain tissue and fluid samples of Gathers for re-examination and to check some things they say were missed. In a declaration attached to the motion to subpoena the coroner's office for the samples, defense attorney John Aitelli said: ". . .
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June 9, 1990 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys representing the son and estate of Hank Gathers filed a multimillion-dollar suit Friday, claiming that the former basketball star died because of negligence by doctors and Loyola Marymount officials who conspired by concealing medical information to ensure Gathers would continue playing for the school.
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March 9, 1990 | BILL DWYRE, TIMES SPORTS EDITOR
The president of Loyola Marymount University said Thursday that, to date, he has been completely satisfied with his athletic administration's handling of the Hank Gathers situation. Father James N. Loughran, in an interview in his campus office, called a letter--dated Dec. 21, 1989 and signed by Dr. Michael Mellman of the internists medical firm of Mellman and Moe--his main exhibit on behalf of the university.
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January 4, 1991 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Rev. David Hagan, a close friend of the family of Hank Gathers, said he was "uncomfortable" with how Gathers was getting money to give to his mother before he died.
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March 8, 1990 | KENNETH J. GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The death of Loyola Marymount basketball star Hank Gathers has raised questions about the role physicians play in the arena of big-time college athletics. Medical ethicists agree that if Gathers ignored the advice of a cardiologist that he should stop playing basketball, then there was little the physician could do to stop him outside of breaking an adult patient's right to privacy.
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March 31, 1992 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Loyola Marymount University settled with the mother of Hank Gathers Monday for $545,000, ending legal action that began against the school shortly after the basketball star's death two years ago.
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August 16, 1992 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 2 1/2 years after the death of Loyola Marymount basketball star Hank Gathers, the unsettled issues in the lawsuit filed by the family finally are about to come to trial. Jury selection will begin Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Torrance. The case will focus on the events in the minutes after Gathers collapsed during a postseason game at Gersten Pavilion on March 4, 1990.
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