Tony Gwynn’s family suing tobacco industry over his death from cancer – Chicago Tribune

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Is the tobacco industry to blame for Tony Gwynn‘s death? That’s the contention of the former baseball star’s family, which filed a lawsuit Monday in San Diego Superior Court against several defendants, including Altria Group Corp., the parent company of Philip Morris, and US Smokeless Tobacco Co. LLC.

Gwynn, an eight-time batting champion who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2007, died in 2014 of salivary gland cancer at the age of 54. According to his family, Gwynn began using smokeless tobacco as a San Diego State freshman in 1977, and over the next 31 years, he went through between one and a half to two cans per day.

The wrongful-death suit claims (via the Associated Press), “Once Defendants got Tony addicted to their products, he became a self-described ‘tobacco junkie.'” It was filed by Gwynn’s widow, Alicia, and their two children, Anisha Gwynn-Jones and Tony Gwinn Jr., himself a former MLB player.

The family is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages. An attorney for the Gwynns said the basis of the suit is that the player began using smokeless tobacco at a time when the industry was aware it caused cancer but failed to provide warning labels.

Tony Gwynn’s family suing tobacco industry over his death from cancer – Chicago Tribune