Attorneys representing the son and estate of Hank Gathers filed a multimillion-dollar suit, claiming the former Loyola Marymount basketball star died of a heart disorder March 4 because of negligence by doctors and school officials who conspired by concealing medical information to ensure that Gathers would continue playing.
The 36-page complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, names 14 defendants and cites three counts on behalf of Gathers's estate and four counts on behalf of Aaron Crump, his 6-year-old son who lives in Philadelphia with his mother, Marva Crump.
The complaint does not list a monetary figure.
The 14 defendants in the suit include Loyola Marymount University and four Loyola employees -- Athletic Director Brian Quinn, Coach Paul Westhead, trainer Chip Schaefer and Dan Hyslop of the university's health services.
Doctors named are Michael Mellman and his company, Mellman and Moe; cardiologists Vernon Hattori and Charles Swerdlow and their company, Apex Cardiology Consultants; Ralph Gambardella, Clarence Shields and Benjamin Schaeffer, Loyola team physicians supplied by the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, which was also named.
On April 20, a $32.5 million suit was filed against the same defendants on behalf of Gathers's mother, two brothers and an aunt. A motion is expected soon to consolidate the two suits.