Amy Yasbeck, widow of John Ritter, and her family were seen arriving at the Beverly Glen shopping center on Father’s Day. Amy and John’s 10 1/2-year-old daughter, Stella Dorothy, was pictured walking alongside her mom.
On September 11, 2003, Ritter died from an aortic dissection stemming from a previously undiagnosed congenital heart defect. The day that the Three’s Company star died was Stella’s fifth birthday, the day before Yasbeck’s forty-first birthday and six days before the couples’ wedding anniversary and his own birthday.
Yasbeck filed a $67 million wrongful death lawsuit against Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and several doctors who treated him, alleging they misdiagnosed his condition which contributed to his death. Several of the defendants have settled out of court for a total of $14 million, including Providence St. Joseph, which settled for $9.4 million. On March 14, 2008, a jury split 9-3 in favor of the doctors, clearing the physicians of any wrongdoing in the case of Ritter’s death.