Gary Shearer had his office raided by federal officials investigating the overdose and deaths of a number of his patients. The Kentucky Medical licensure board suspended his license due to his methods of prescribing pain medication. Last night it was reported that he was found dead. Rumors are that it was suicide.
Gary was well known in Northern Kentucky as one of the most perceptive doctors around. He was a master at making the correct diagnosis from a detailed examination of symptoms. He had many, many loyal patients who were not, as the press might have you think, going to his office just to get pain medication.
As a lawyer who comes into frequent contact with doctors in handling injury cases, over the years I found Gary to be one of the more compassionate and approachable family practitioners in the profession.
After two years of investigation without a record of any criminal charges, his death is a tragedy.