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Oscar-nominated actor James Woods reacts as the defense describes how his brother died during opening statements Nov. 9 in his lawsuit against Kent County Hospital in Rhode Island.
updated 12/1/2009 5:11:42 PM ET 2009-12-01T22:11:42

Oscar-nominated actor James Woods on Tuesday settled a lawsuit against a hospital in Rhode Island where his younger brother Michael died in 2006.

Woods claimed Kent Hospital was negligent in the death of his 49-year-old brother, who had a heart attack and died in its emergency room after going there with a sore throat and vomiting.

The hospital's chief executive, Sandra Coletta, acknowledged at a news conference with Woods outside court that mistakes were made.

She said the hospital is creating an institute in Michael Woods' honor and investing $1.25 million over the next five years to study redesigning health care and reducing errors.

James Woods said his brother's children will be provided for.

Judge Daniel Procaccini announced the settlement Tuesday after days of testimony in Kent County Superior Court.

Further details were not disclosed.

James Woods scored Oscar nominations for his roles in "Ghosts of Mississippi" and "Salvador." Other credits include "Nixon," "Casino," "Any Given Sunday" and the CBS legal drama "Shark." He is suing along with his nephew Peyton, Michael's teenage son.

Michael Woods, a businessman who lived in Warwick, was also an actor who appeared in several of his brother's movies and ran twice unsuccessfully for mayor.

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