Julie LaDere died in September of 2003 after doctors diagnosed her with Hodgkin's lymphoma. The treatment for the cancer, an often toxic drug called Bleomycin, left her lungs inflamed and the complications soon led to her death. Doctors did not treat the infected lungs with either of the common remedies for her health issue, steroids or restricting her oxygen, causing her death. She was initially treated at the ER in Saint Anthony Medical Center, Crown Point, Indiana.
Following her death from acute respiratory distress syndrome, her husband Michael LaDere filed an Indiana medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctors that failed to properly treat his wife. A Lake County Jury quickly decided on his multi-million dollar reward.