Tony Gwynn’s family has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the tobacco industry. Their claiming is it intentionally targeted him and got him addicted to smokeless tobacco.
The complaint, claimed Gwynn was a “marketing dream come true” since they were targeting African-Americans.
For more than half his life he used up to two cans of smokeless tobacco per day that ultimately led to the salivary gland cancer that killed him. He died of cancer in 2014. He was 54. He had two surgeries on his cheek before his death.
“The tobacco companies were using his addiction to turn him into their ultimate walking billboard,” said Tony Gwynn Jr. But says his father never knew it.
“Mr. Padre” spent 20 seasons with the Padres from 1982 to 2001 while he racking up 3,141 hits, 319 stolen bases and a batting average of .338.