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Derek Boogaard’s family sues NHL over his death

The 28-year-old hockey enforcer died of an accidental drug overdose in 2011

The family of former professional hockey player Derek Boogaard, who died of an accidental drug overdose in 2011, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the National Hockey League (NHL).

The suit, filed just days before a two-year statute of limitations expired, claims that the league drafted Boogaard because of his reputation as a fighter, only to pump him full of prescription pain medication when he suffered injuries.

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