Ed Lauter's relatives have filed a lawsuit over allegations the actor's cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos in TV studios. The Artist star died in October (13) at the age of 74 after a battle with mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer which is linked to the inhalation of asbestos fibres, often found in building insulation.
Lauter's family has now filed a lawsuit targeting America's CBS network and General Electric (GE) - the company which used to own NBC, among others.
The lawsuit alleges the star was exposed to asbestos in the networks' facilities while working on numerous TV shows over the years, according to TMZ.com.
Character actor Ed Lauter has died from cancer at the age of 74. The actor passed away on Wednesday (16Oct13) at his home in West Hollywood, California after battling mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer.
Lauter, whose career in Hollywood spanned over four decades, appeared in dozens of films, including his role as Peppy's butler in The Artist and, most notably, as Burt Reynolds' nemesis in 1974's The Longest Yard.
Lauter also had many U.S. TV credits to his name, including recurring roles on B.J. and the Bear, How the West Was Won, ER, Psych and most recently, Shameless.