CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The Nevada Board of Examiners has approved a $450,000 settlement with the family of the former manager of the 1950s band Coasters, who died from gangrene while on death row.
Patrick Cavanaugh was convicted in 1985 of killing Coasters band member Nathaniel "Buster" Wilson in Las Vegas. Cavanaugh died in 2006 at age 60 after developing gangrene in his legs from complications of diabetes.
The Board of Examiners, comprised of the governor, secretary of state and attorney general, approved the settlement Tuesday without discussion.
Cavanaugh's family and estate claimed the prison refused insulin to treat the condition that led to his death at Ely State Prison.
The case was cited in a separate class-action suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union accusing the state of denying adequate medical care to inmates at the prison.