Suit alleges hospital starved songwriter

Jan. 29, 2007 at 3:39 PM
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NEW YORK, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A lawsuit claims "Lollipop" songwriter Julius Dixson Sr. starved to death in a New York hospital without his dentures to chew his food.

The suit says Dixson Sr., who wrote the Cordettes hit in the '50s, was given food to be chewed even though his dentures could not be found after he underwent surgery at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in 2004, the New York Post said Monday.

Dixson's estate filed the suit against St. Luke's and two doctors.

An autopsy said Dixson died Jan. 30, 2004, from "metabolic complications of weight loss and dehydration."

Dixson, 90, was hospitalized for a broken bone and underwent replacement surgery. His son, Julius Jr., said the dentures were removed by a hospital employee before the surgery and could not be found.

The son said hospital staff downplayed concerns about his father's deteriorating condition. By the time a feeding tube was inserted, his body couldn't process the nutrients, the suit said.

An attorney for one doctor said the physician's treatment of Dixson "was completely appropriate."

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