By Alex DeMetrick

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A fixture for decades as part of the Orioles field crew, Ernie Tyler died two years ago, saddening many fans. Now, through lawyers, his family is alleging a doctor triggered his death by withholding medical care.

Alex DeMetrick has details of the legal action.

Tyler was admitted into an elder care facility in 2011. He died a little over a week later. The lawsuit alleges it was the result of a doctor’s action.

Tyler went to work for the Orioles in 1954. By 1960, he was made umpire’s assistant, supplying baseballs at home games for the next four decades.

For him, it was more than a job.

“Just being near the field.  Smell the sweat, you know?  It’s really being a part of something,” Tyler once said.

In death, Tyler is now at the center of a suit, brought by his family after he died at Genesis Elder Care Long Green Center.

In part, the suit alleges Tyler’s medical care was improperly terminated,  including antibiotics, blood products, medical tests and medications without Tyler’s permission and without the knowledge or permission of his family.

The suit also alleges Tyler was not comatose or in a vegetative state when admitted Feb 3, 2011.  He died eight days later.

“We have just learned of the lawsuit filed today on behalf of Ernest Tyler’s family against Long Green Center.  Because this is pending litigation, we are unable to comment on the specifics regarding this case at this time,” a Long Green Center  spokeswoman said in a statement. “The safety and well-being of our patients is our highest priority here at the center.  We are proud of the hard work and dedication our caring staff members show every day to the patients and family members here at our center.”


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