The Los Angeles Times wrote a story Friday about the death of 55-year-old Paula Rojeski, the latest victim of the controversial Lap-Band procedure.

According to reporter Stuart Pfeifer, Rojeski was “the fifth person to die shortly after Lap-Band procedures at clinics affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign since 2009, according to lawsuits, coroner’s records and interviews.”

This latest article didn’t sit well with the folks at 1-800-GET-THIN, who fired back at the LAT in a scathing press release:

“Please consider the following as clarifications to the Los Angeles Times article as well as other misconceptions:

1 800 GET THIN is a marketing company. 1 800 GET THIN did not refer Ms. Rojeski for surgery. 1 800 GET THIN does not practice medicine or provide medical care.

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