The family of the late Matt Osbourne (Doink The Clown) has filed a lawsuit against WWE claiming that his brain trauma led to his pain-killer overdose in 2013. The Collin County Medical Examiner in Plano, Texas ruled that an overdose of painkillers was to blame for his death.
The lawsuit filed on Friday by his family states that World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. is to blame and alleges that "traumatic brain injuries" resulted in Osbourne's depression and drug abuse that ultimately resulted in his death. The lawsuit also lists more than a dozen wrestlers that have died prematurely. Members of the Von Erich family were listed among the names. In defense of WWE, the Von Erich's issues with drugs are well documented and Kerry Von Erich had issues with drugs and alcohol years before he signed with the WWF in 1990. To my knowlege, other than Kerry Von Erich, none of the other Von Erich's were ever under contract to the WWF. Also, Kerry did go to rehab in 1992 but would be released later that year when he could not get his demons under control.
The suit alleges, "When forced to acknowledge the risks to which it subjects its wrestlers — by script, on a daily basis — WWE took inadequate steps to correct the problem or to address its injurious conduct, the full consequences of which are still coming to light." The suit, filed by "dotor-lawyer" Shezad Malik, also alleges that "WWE continues a course of conduct designed to mislead its wrestlers, and designed to mislead Matthew Osborne until his death, about the injuries they sustained while wrestling for WWE by failing to disclose pertinent facts or offering misleading truths."
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