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Wynette’s Widower Dropped From Suit

May 7, 1999

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Tammy Wynette’s daughters have dropped her widower from a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit that blames the country singer’s doctor for her death.

``Today, my nightmare has ended,″ George Richey said Thursday. He noted that Wednesday would have been Wynette’s 57th birthday, and called it ``appropriate that we honored the occasion this way.″

The lawsuit was filed April 5 by three of Wynette’s daughters _ Tina Jones, Jackie Daly and Georgette Smith. Her fourth daughter, Gwen Nicholas, later joined the lawsuit.

Richey is Wynette’s fifth husband and is not the father of any of the women.

The daughters claim their mother’s health wasn’t monitored closely enough, and that she was given too many painkillers prior to her death on April 6, 1998. Dr. Wallis Marsh, Wynette’s personal physician, was named along with Richey in the lawsuit.

The daughters plan to continue seeking a judgment against Marsh.

``George believed _ and still believes _ that Dr. Marsh provided excellent medical care to Tammy during the last years of her life, enabling her to have some quality of life she would not have otherwise had,″ said his attorney, Robert Ritchie.

Wynette had 20 No. 1 hits and was perhaps best known for ``Stand By Your Man.″

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