Suit over Calif. doctor's death in Tucson settled

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Updated: 9/04/2014 2:44 pm

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A lawsuit over the 2011 death of a California doctor at a southern Arizona rehabilitation and psychiatric center has been settled out of court.

The Tucson attorney representing the family of Dr. Kenneth Litwack told The Arizona Daily Star Thursday that the suit against the Sierra Tucson treatment facility has been resolved but didn't release details.

The Star says Litwack was being treated for anxiety and depression at Sierra Tucson.

The 71-year-old Newport Beach surgeon walked away from the facility in August 2011. His decomposed body was found weeks later in a remote area of Sierra Tucson's 160-acre property.

Litwack's family filed a lawsuit against Sierra Tucson in 2012, alleging improper patient supervision.

The case had been scheduled to go to trial this month in Pinal County Superior Court.

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