The children of a veteran producer at MTV and HBO are suing a doctor and surgical center where she sought care for a gall bladder removal and hernia repair before her 2019 death in Santa Monica.
Nicole and Nila Sawyer, the twin daughters of Linda Ann Sawyer, brought the wrongful death/negligence complaint Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Dr. Matthew Lublin and the Specialty Surgical Center of Beverly Hills.
A representative for Lublin did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
When she died on Feb. 10, 2019, at the age of 57, Sawyer’s family announced it was due to surgical complications.
According to the suit, on Feb. 5 Sawyer sought medical care, treatment and a diagnosis from Lublin regarding a gall bladder removal and hernia repair. But the defendant “failed to exercise the proper degree of knowledge and skill in examining, diagnosing, treating and caring for Linda Ann Sawyer,” the suit alleges.
The defendant also was further negligent in his alleged failure to timely diagnose and treat the bowel perforation that resulted in “the avoidable and unnecessary death” of Sawyer, an “otherwise healthy 57-year-old woman,” the suit states.
As a result, Sawyer “suffered grave personal injuries resulting in her death…,” the suit alleges.
Sawyers’ daughters have lost the care, comfort and support of their mother and are seeking unspecified damages, according to their court papers.
Sawyer began her television career in the early days of MTV as an executive assistant to founder Bob Pittman. She subsequently was promoted to be a producer and worked on the MTV awards show. She additionally worked as a senior producer and writer at HBO.
Sawyer was the host of the iHeartRadio podcast “Sleuth: True Crime in Real Time.”
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