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Ritter Widow Talks Wrongful Death Lawsuit on Today

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Actress Amy Yasbeck appeared in an interview with Meredith Vieira this morning on NBC’s TODAY show to talk about the wrongful death lawsuit she has filed in response to the death of her husband, actor John Ritter.

Jury selection in the trial of two doctors was set to begin today, and the family is seeking $67 million in damages.

Yasbeck is targeting two doctors in the current suit — one who interpreted the results of a body scan Ritter received in 2001 and another who treated him the night he died.

But defense attorneys for radiologist Matthew Lotysch and cardiologist Joseph Lee contend Ritter could not be saved from his genetics.

“I really, really believe that for whatever reason, John Ritter’s time was up,” Stephen C. Fraser, Lotysch’s lawyer, told the Los Angeles Times.

Yasbeck, however, feels the former “Three’s Company” and “8 Simple Rules” star would still be here with proper diagnoses.

“John didn’t have a chance,” she told Vieira. “He was never given that chance.”

In the interview, Yasbeck said the lawsuit is about holding those responsible for Ritter’s death accountable and educating the public about undetected aortic dissection, the condition that killed him.