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Kiowa County Signal - Kiowa County, KS
  • Family files lawsuit

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  • The family of a former high school football coach who committed suicide while a patient at Larned State Hospital, has filed a lawsuit accusing hospital officials of not doing enough to prevent his death.
    Michael Lykins, a former Kansas State University football player who coached football at Skyline High School near Pratt, hanged himself shortly after being admitted to the hospital on Sept. 6, 2011. He was 43.
    Dan, Lindsey, and Chase Lykins filed the lawsuit in Shawnee County District Court on Aug. 23.
    Chase and Lindsey Lykins are the 20-year-old son and 21-year-old daughter of Michael Lykins. Dan Lykins is Michael Lykins' father and administrator of his estate. He is also an attorney and a former member of the Kansas Board of Regents.
    Information from Kansas Health Institute News Service
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