KNOXVILLE (AP) - A doctor whose license was suspended after he was accused of providing drugs to patients and staff for sex, taking nude photos of them and prescribing controlled substances for himself, has died.
Dr. Richard Bruce Heintz, 58, of Fountain City, died suddenly Friday from unspecified causes, according to an obituary from Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.
A hospital spokeswoman at St. Mary's Medical Center told The Knoxville News Sentinel on Sunday that she could not release any information about Heintz.
Knoxville police Sgt. Tom Fox said there did not appear to be a reason to consider Heintz's death suspicious.
Heintz was to meet last Thursday with a panel of the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners to present his side of the allegations against him. The hearing was postponed after his attorney requested a delay due to "medical reasons." It had not been rescheduled.
Heintz had his medical license suspended Aug. 18 after several allegations that he engaged in inappropriate behavior in his office. He was served a summary suspension, which temporarily suspended his medical license until he met with the full board.