Wednesday, December 16, 2009
– Garth Brooks is suing his hometown hospital for $500,000 over a donation he gave in memory of his mother, which the singer says was never spent, according to CNN.
Broks gave the money to Integris Canadian Valley Regional hospital in Yukon, Okla. about four years ago, according to CNN affiliate KOKH in Oklahoma City, Okla. Brooks claimed the donation was slated towards a hospital building to be named after his late mother, Colleen, who died from cancer in 1999.
Integris started a $27-million expansion and renovation project in 2008. The report said Brooks claimed he was told his money was slated for a commemorative building.
Since that has yet to happen, Brooks sued in Rogers County District Court to get his money returned.
A hospital spokeswoman told CNN Tuesday that Integris was "optimistic that it will come to a swift and amicable end."
But not everyone is happy , particularly with Brooks. Yukon city council member John Tipps, said to The Yukon Review, "Yukon has done a lot to help promote Garth Brooks over the years, and this is what he does to return the favor, sue our hospital over a misunderstanding.,"
"Maybe Yukon should consider removing his name from the street signs and the water tower. This is very unfortunate for the hospital, City of Yukon and its citizens."
Brooks "heartbroken," a Brooks spokesperson said. "[This] is deeply personal. This deals with his mother, the home town and the people he grew up with."