NYC family of dead vet suspect widow foul play

The family of a recently deceased combat veteran suspect his widow was involved in his death – and have convinced a judge to temporarily stop his widow from cremating or burying his body while they seek an autopsy.

Gardy Laguerre, 61, died March 14 after an extended stay at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn. But his daughters and nephew say in court documents that he was on the mend when he died just a day after a visit from his widow, Dr. Linda Bastien, 50, and her unnamed brother died in “suspicious circumstances”.

The brother-in-law is Laguerre’s “worst enemy,” Lionel Simplice, Laguerre’s nephew, told the Post. And his wife “didn’t want him to recover,” Simplice said in an affidavit. According to court records, the couple had been considering a divorce at the time.

Simplice, 59, requested an autopsy in a lawsuit against Bastien and Maimonides filed March 21 in Brooklyn Superior Court. “Mr. Laguerre’s blood family shares the same concern: someone may have endangered Mr. Laguerre’s health and is rushing to cover up all evidence,” the lawsuit reads.

Judge Pamela Fisher agreed to temporarily stop Bastien from burying or cremating Laguerre in a March 24 order, but held off ordering an autopsy — which the woman refuses, the lawsuit says — pending a conference on March 31.

dr  Linda Bastien
dr Linda Bastien, Gardy Laguerre’s widow, did not take him to the hospital for more than a week after he contracted pneumonia, according to the lawsuit.
Tameka Bastien/Facebook

“Mr. Laguerre’s blood family and some of his closest friends have concerns and
His death is suspected and all are demanding one thing, an independent section,” the lawsuit reads.

Laguerre served 23 years in the Air Force and Army and was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq as part of Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He retired as a Technical Sergeant.

He contracted pneumonia on December 31, 2021, according to court records. Bastien refused to take him to the hospital until Jan. 8, the lawsuit says, “to reduce Mr. Laguerre’s chances of surviving.” According to court records, she spoke about planning his funeral the day he was hospitalized.

Gardy Laguerre had served in the Air Force and Army for more than 20 years.
Gardy Laguerre had served in the Air Force and Army for more than 20 years.
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Laguerre was initially treated at the VA Hospital in Brooklyn before being transferred to Maimonides at the request of Bastien, a family doctor who Simplice says has good connections with the private hospital.

After a four-week coma, Laguerre regained consciousness – and stripped Bastien of the right to make his medical decisions, according to court documents. He appointed Simplice, who visited him daily or more often, as his health power of attorney, which was also filed in court.

Simplice’s lawyer, Denis Rose, asked Maimonides to do an autopsy – but the hospital refused, saying it could only comply with a request from the woman.

dr  Linda Bastien, Gardy Laguerrre's widow, allegedly did not take him to the hospital for more than a week after he developed pneumonia, according to the lawsuit.
Gardy Laguerre and Dr. Linda Bastien was considering a divorce at the time of Laguerre’s death, court records say.
Tameka Bastien/Facebook

The lawsuit alleges Bastien has been diagnosed with a mental illness and is receiving medication for it. Her mental state “devastated” her marriage. During manic episodes, she would “leave the house at random hours of the night and wander about town,” prompting Laguerre to sleep outside, according to court records.

The couple wed eight years ago – in a “secret” ceremony his daughters were unaware of until Laguerre was hospitalized, they said. She also “forbade his family” from visiting him in the hospital, said one of his daughters, Deanna Laguerre, 31.

Laguerre lived with Bastien in an apartment in the Flatlands neighborhood.

Bastien didn’t return any messages. Maimonides declined to comment. NYC family of dead vet suspect widow foul play


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