Surgeon found dead in home was being sued by ex-NFL player

The famed surgeon who was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday was being sued by a former Giants player for allegedly botching a 2014 surgery that ended his career. 

Michael Cox was drafted to the in 2013. He played two seasons with the team before suffering a broken leg while playing against the in November 2014. 

Cox, now 29, said he had been under Dr Dean Lorich's care since the fall of 2014, according to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Lorich was assigned to perform surgery on Cox the day after the injury, according to the New York Daily News.

Dr Dean Lorich was found dead with a knife in his chest in his Park Avenue apartment building Sunday

Cox was drafted to the New York Giants in 2013. He played two seasons with the team before suffering a broken leg while playing against the Seattle Seahawks in November 2014

Dr Dean Lorich was found dead with a knife in his chest in his Park Avenue apartment building on Sunday. It was revealed on Monday that he was being sued by former Giants player, Michael Cox (right), for allegedly botching a 2014 surgery that ended his career 

Cox (pictured), now 29, said he had been under Dr Dean Lorich's care since the fall of 2014, according to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. Lorich was assigned to perform surgery on Cox the day after the injury

Cox (pictured), now 29, said he had been under Dr Dean Lorich's care since the fall of 2014, according to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. Lorich was assigned to perform surgery on Cox the day after the injury

The surgeon was able to fix Cox's fractured fibula, but he didn't properly treat his injured talus, a major ankle bone, Cox's lawyer, Steven North, told the newspaper. 

'It got worse and worse and worse to a point where ultimately, Michael went to different doctors, had multiple surgeries, and his career was ruined — he cannot play football anymore,' North said. 

Cox, who still hopes to work in the sports industry, is seeking unspecified damages. 

He signed a $2.3 million contract with the Giants at the time, but North told the Daily News that Lorich likely wouldn't have been responsible for paying a settlement to Cox because he was covered by the hospital's insurance policy.

Lorich was found dead with a knife in his chest inside his Manhattan apartment while his 11-year-old daughter was at home.

The death of the 54-year-old surgeon is being treated as a suicide after his body was found in the bathroom of the Park Avenue apartment he shared with his family.

Police said the death was being treated as a suicide, though no note was found. His body was discovered by Lorich's daughter. His wife, Deborah (left), was out playing tennis

Police said the death was being treated as a suicide, though no note was found. His body was discovered by Lorich's daughter. His wife, Deborah (left), was out playing tennis

Lorich's body was discovered in his Park Avenue building near East 96th Street, police said

Lorich's body was discovered in his Park Avenue building near East 96th Street, police said

Lorich's wife, Deborah, was playing tennis at the time.

The NYPD said that there were no signs of forced entry at the apartment, and have hinted he had been 'under some personal stress'.

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