Tony Gwynn's family sues tobacco industry

Posted at 5:12 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 20:12:41-04

Tony Gwynn's widow and two children have filed a lawsuit seeking to hold the tobacco industry accountable for the Hall of Famer's death.

The suit was filed in San Diego Superior Court by Alicia Gwynn and her children, Tony Jr. and Anisha Gwynn-Jones.

The suit says Gwynn started dipping as a 17-year-old freshman ballplayer at San Diego State. He died of oral cancer in 2014 at age 54.

Defendants include Altria Group Corp., the parent company of Philip Morris, and US Smokeless Tobacco Co. LLC.

According to the lawsuit, "Once Defendants got Tony addicted to their products, he became a self-described 'tobacco junkie'" who used 1 1/2 to 2 cans of Skoal per day.

The suit seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.