$ettled: County, Family Come To Terms Over Sean Levert's Death - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

$ettled: County, Family Come To Terms Over Sean Levert's Death

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(WOIO) - New details into the sudden death of R&B singer Sean Levert.

Levert family Attorney David Malik tells 19 Action News the federal lawsuit filed against the county has been settled for $4M.

Levert died March 30th, 2008 at a hospital after he was taken from the Cuyahoga County jail. He was serving a 22-month sentence for failure to pay child support.

The Levert family had argued that the jail did not let the 39-year-old see a doctor for 14-days. He had been taking medication for anxiety and when he did not access to his medication, he had severe withdrawal symptoms.

After Levert died, jail warden Kevin McDonough said Levert had been sick and guards were watching him because he had been acting strangely. When he started pounding on his cell door, guards strapped him in a restraint chair. Levert's breathing became shallow and he was rushed to the hospital.

Levert's family questioned officials' account that Levert had been acting strangely and was restrained before he fell ill. But in his ruling, County Coroner Frank Miller ruled out foul play or trauma.

Miller said Levert died from complications of sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease. The coroner said Levert also suffered from other conditions, including cardiovascular disease and withdrawal from alprazolam - a drug used to treat anxiety disorders and panic attacks.

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