New York, March 8 (ANI): The guitarist for Madonna and Michael Jackson passed away, leaving his family fuming over the music community's ignorance and the hospital's abandoned concern during his final days.
David Williams was rushed to the Sentara Hospital in Hampton, after suffering complications from high blood pressure.
The 58-year-old, who had also toured with Jessica Simpson, Chaka Khan, Lionel Richie and Van Halen for more than three decades, later slipped into a coma.
And according to a family friend, the hospital kept insisting on "pulling the plug" while David struggled for his life since he lacked health insurance.
"The hospital was trying to force them to pull the plug. This man was a Vietnam veteran and gave his life to music and still had no benefits," the New York Post quoted the friend as saying.
"[His ex-wife] Deborah just wanted him to have some integrity, and instead the hospital was despicable at best over his lack of insurance," the friend added.
His better half had previously said: "During this very difficult time where our focus should be on the nurturing and care of David, we are battling with hospital officials just to get and maintain the care he deserves, a hospital whose main interest lies in his ability to pay for his care."
A music industry insider added: "What about NARAS [National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences]? What about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? They collect huge amounts of money every year to help musicians in David's situation - and they throw themselves parties instead. It's disgusting." (ANI)