Static Major’s Death Caused By Hospital Mistake?

By Miles Bennett   /   Published 03/12/09

Static MajorStatic Major, the producer who co-wrote Lil Wayne's biggest hit to date "Lollipop," died abruptly last year. Reports have surfaced claiming his death was caused by complications associated with treatment he received at a hospital in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

According to ThisIs50.com, Static (real name: Stephen Garrett) checked into the Baptist Hospital East on February 2008, complaining of flu-like symptoms and shortness of breath, and hours later passed on.

While the cause of death was unknown at the time of his passing, The Leo Weekly reports that an autopsy has revealed that his death was connected to treatment received at the hospital. Doctors reportedly recommended that Static undergo plasmapheresis, a treatment that removes toxins from the blood using a catheter. To receive the treatment, Static had to stay in the hospital overnight, to be monitored, prior to surgery the following morning.

After the procedure, he complained to a nurse about having pain in his internal organs. He was then instructed to remove the catheter, resulting in Static passing out. He never regained consciousness, and died hours later.

The producer's family has since filed a medical negligence lawsuit against Baptist Hospital and Dr. Dean J. Wickel, the physician on staff who performed the surgery.

In a deposition last month, the nurse -- who removed Static's catheter -- testified that it was removed because it had been inserted into the wrong place, which can lead to excessive bleeding or lung puncture.

Static's autopsy report states that he died due from respiratory arrest after the removal of the catheter.

The family's lawyer, Larry Franklin, has asked the judge presiding over the case to order Baptist East to reveal the identity of Static's roommate during his days at the hospital. They believe the roommate would have heard the conversations between Static and the hospital staff, and could have witnessed his last moments.

However, the hospital's legal team has refused to reveal the roommate's identity, citing a privacy law that protects a patient's identity called the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Static's family is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, along with costs associated with pain and suffering. Static Major was just 33 years old when he died. Throughout his music career, he worked with the likes of Aaliyah, Jay-Z, Nas and Ginuwine. He is survived by a wife and four children.

  • brian

    man thats crazy the doctores killed my mans they gona pay

  • http://youtube.com/joyyycce joyce

    michael jackson
    lisa left eye
    james brown
    aaliyah

    and static all dies on the 25th but on a different month

  • pinkyphil

    god never makes mistakes, and he never leaves a wound open that he does not hell, so to the family and friends. god will send an angel to guide you and tha path to a straight and narrow way

  • http://yahoo.com baby dee

    he was the stuff and i miss my uncle

  • REN FETTI

    KEEP YA HEAD UP BABY GOD GOT U

  • alicia

    I just want to say you will forever be missed. your time here with us ended to soon, but we will leave in GODS hands. To the family stay strong he still lives.

  • Marquita Martin

    2 hear of a tradegy of this nature is hurtful he was a GRAND musical influence in a many lives I just wanna say that da good die young & he will b greatly missd by many his music has healed so many wounds & I hope da MEMORY of him will continue 2 heal all....MAY GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY & CHILDREN

  • leonardo dominguez

    yo i fucken hate hospitals they always kill the famous poople first him then mj there fucked up

  • http://yahoo.com Angel

    He had tha best voice my heart goes out 2 his family he will b missed

  • lakeisha

    MAN STATIC MAJOR WAS THE BEST EVER.I WILL MISS HIM EVENTOUGH I DIDNT KNO HIM.HE WILL ALWAYS B N MY HEART.

  • http://www.staticmajor.com DIDI IN OHIO

    TO THE FAMILY SORRY YOU HAD TO GO THROUGH THIS IT TRAGIC AND UNEXPECTED. STATIC WAS A MUSICAL GENIUS I HAVE ALWAYS APPRECIATED HIS MUSIC AND SINGING SINCE DAY ONE( THE PLAYA DAYS) STATIC IS TRULY MISSED AND IM CONFIDENT JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED SOUNDS LIKE ABSOLUTE PURE NEGLICIENCE. MY PRAYERS CONTINUE TO BE WITH HIS FAMILY.

  • meisha

    I miss static even though I didn't know him physically.I will always remember the great music he did.

  • http://thisis50.com Nick In De’ 405

    Even thought this was in 2 this is pretty messed up ya dig? anyway its just another good person in the community gone..this is sad very sad i liked his music cuz. and now aint goin be no more static damn man ....and also wtf is up up with everyone dying on the 25th btw....my heart is too the family..and my foot up the doctors ass and GOD take care of my homeboy ya dig?

  • http://thisis50.com Nick In De’ 405

    btw i meant 2008*

  • S 2 the J

    man static major was the best. he just had 2 die after his best song with lil wayne came out.damn that fucking hospital they just literaly killed him by a sertain "ACCCIDENT".Same thing with the king of pop Michael Jackson he was also the best.But GOD knows what he is doing.But now Justin Beiber could be our new idle.I mean the song "Baby" and "One Time". Pretty good songs.But STATIC MAJOR WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART 4 EVER.GOD BLESS YOU STATIC MAJOR AND YOUR FAMILY!!!!!!!!!

  • S 2 the J

    LOVE U MAN HOPE THAT U R IN HEAVEN

  • justin

    i was a fan f ing hate hospitals

  • orlandito

    thts f'd up no fucked up they killed him he said he didnt want tht procedure but the doctor recommended it why the fuck u gunna do tht if he didnt want tht then he called his mom and told her something doesnt feel rite they should have listen to him u fuckin doctor are stoopid and killers just like u guys hiding the cures for the viruses and diseases cuzz u wanna control the population i hope all u doctors burn u dnt care bout nothin but money u devil worshippers

  • tresor foster

    So sad may god bless his wife and kids.

  • MJJ

    Dumb ass shit bitch ass muthafuckin nurse

  • Ghjr

    yea sad that he did he was good

  • Johnyapplseed

    Lik dog that's wrong how they did my uncle lik I didn't even remember seein him cause they had a party by my house and my daddy waz talkin to him but all I remember is sayin luv u uncle Steve and he said luv u baby gurl the last time I saw him waz when I waz 6

    R.I.P Uncle Steve I miss u

    Luv Baby Gurl,

  • Big D!CK Bandit

    The good die young RIP

  • Khalieh Lowe

    Aww, that's tragic :'(

  • bailey clabourne

    Illuminati obviously they all died on the 25th...thats not a coincidence

  • dave

    Looks like the cause of death could be a blood clot become mobile and gets lodge in his lung preventing oxygenation. Pulmonary Embolism is what's it called. Also needs to see his blood test (clotting factors prior death) to confirm this. What the nurse said didn't make any sense though, central line doesn't go that far so that it can hit the lung.

  • amberina

    Wow some of you guys need to go back to school and learn your A.B.D's. Sounding super uneducated and ignorant. Spell check it if you aren't sure, and if you still think it's spelled correctly well God bless your pointy little head. Celebrities are like the rest of us..wrong place wrong time your screwed. Its sad to lose our young and talented. But the good does die young, what does that say for us older mo-foes?

  • Jasmine

    I LOVE YOU STATIC MAJOR

  • ria deli

    Get off your soap box. You don't know anything about these people or where they come from to be telling them to get an education. And being articulate obviously doesn't make you intelligent as I can tell by your stupid comment. It's not celebrities dying young (which in itself is suspicious as they are often healthy) but the pattern and prevalence of celebrities who are often linked to one another dying under strange and mysterious circumstances which are never explained. Those who need to know know.

  • killer

    That was my man my nigga my ride or die nigga and down the earth dood