The widow of composer Marvin Hamlisch has filed court papers in New York raising questions about the cause of the legendary musician's death.
The Oscar and Grammy winner died on Aug. 6, 2012, after a brief illness, and coroners listed respiratory arrest, hypertension and brain damage from a lack of oxygen as the reason for the 68-year-old's passing.
However, his TV broadcaster wife, Terre Blair, believes there may have been other factors leading to his death and has asked a Manhattan Supreme Court judge to force doctors at Columbia University Medical Center to hand over the results of blood tests done shortly before Hamlisch's demise, reports the New York Post.
Representatives for Columbia University have declined to comment on the case.
The old saying of: "Where there's smoke, there's fire", applies here. My gut instinct is: there's been a cove-up. If there was nothing to hide, the hospital would have been immediately forthcoming in providing Mrs. Hamlisch the records she requested. After having worked in critical care for thirty years, I know the general public would be beyond shocked if some of the instances of incompetence and negligence were revealed which transpired during their loved ones hospitalizations. Many deaths have resulted from personnel's actions, or inactions, at pivotal times in a patients' care. My advice to his widow would be: keep pushing, keep demanding answers, and above all, TRUST your instincts in this matter. God bless you in your pursuit for the truth.