Family of Tony Gwynn sues tobacco industry over death

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Family of Tony Gwynn suing tobacco industry
Monday May 23rd, 2016

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The family of MLB Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has sued the tobacco industry over his death, reports The New York Times’ Tyler Kepner.

Gwynn’s family filed the wrongful-death suit in a San Diego Superior Court​ against multiple tobacco companies. The family claims that Gwynn, who died in June 2014 of salivary gland cancer, was manipulated into an eventually fatal smokeless tobacco addiction. 

The complaint requests a jury trial relating to negligence, fraud and product liability​. There are no damages listed in the complaint, according to the report.

Gwynn spent his entire 20-year career with the San Diego Padres and was a 15-time MLB All-Star. He had a career batting average of .338 and won the National League batting title eight times.

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Gwynn was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007 with 97.6% of the vote.​

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