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Hospital Fined in Radio Executive's Death show details Hospital Fined in Radio Executive's Death
Jul 29th, 2014

Rick Sklar, 62, pioneered WABC-AM's rock-and-roll format in the 1960's. He entered the hospital in June 1992 for a minor foot operation and died of oxygen deprivation on the operating table. According to Health Department records, the physician who treated Mr. Sklar, Dr. Livia Helmer, administered general anesthesia by inserting a tube that sent oxygen to his stomach instead of his lungs. A lawyer for the Sklar family, Philip Pierce, contended that Dr. Helmer failed to tell Mr. Sklar before the surgery that she knew the monitoring equipment was not working.