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John Ritter's Co-Star Katey Sagal and Son Testify at Trial

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Feb 27, 2008 | 6:30am EST

Actress Katey Sagal broke down in tears in a California court on Tuesday when she took the stand in the ongoing John Ritter wrongful death trial.

Sagal, who starred as Ritter's on-screen wife on hit TV show 8 Simple Rules... For Dating My Teenage Daughter, appeared briefly at Glendale's Superior Court to testify on behalf of Ritter's widow, Amy Yasbeck. She is hoping to prove the late actor's death could have been avoided if doctors at the Providence Street Joseph Medical Center hadn't misdiagnosed the star's heart condition.

Sagal was visibly upset as she recalled working with Ritter, telling the court, "I loved John."

Ritter's personal assistant, agent and 28-year-old son Jason, also gave their testimonies at the lengthy trial on Tuesday.

Paying tribute to his dad, Jason said: "It was a great and intense relationship. He was so much fun. I learned a lot from him. He was a great father and a great teacher."

Before Tuesday's court proceedings began, the jury members were introduced to Ritter's young daughter Stella, whose father suffered a fatal heart attack in September 2003, aged 54, on her fifth birthday.

Ritter's wife and his eldest children are suing two doctors for $67 million for misdiagnosing Ritter's torn aorta.

The trial continues.

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