Anthony Denicola (c.) died in a McDonald’s restroom in June 2013.
Denicola (c.) suffered a heart attack while inside the restroom. His family alleges in a lawsuit that the restaurant didn’t do enough to get him medical help.
A Brooklyn woman is suing McDonald’s for contributing to her husband’s death that happened while he was locked inside a bathroom at the fast-food joint.
Anthony Denicola, 67, passed away from an apparent heart attack in June 2013 with medical assistance allegedly delayed because the restroom’s “door was dead-bolted from the inside,” according to a $10 million lawsuit filed by Anna Denicola last week in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
The part-time truck driver was meeting friends at a McDonald’s near his Bensonhurst home ahead of a fishing outing.
He went to use the restroom and, after a while, his worried pals went to check on him, relatives said.
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Medical assistance was delayed because the restroom’s ‘door was dead-bolted from the inside,’ according to wife Anna Denicola’s suit.
The one-stall room was shut with a slide lock and employees “told them there’s no way to get in, there’s nothing they can do,” said the dead man’s son, Anthony Denicola Jr.
Firefighters were called, but it took them about 15 minutes to bust the door open and get his father, he added.
By then, it was too late.
“My father was a family man,” Denicola, 38, said. “My kids, they adored him.”
He said his dad was planning a surprise retirement party for his wife of 41 years after a long career at the Board of Education. Instead, his funeral was held that day.
The 86th St. restaurant has “a duty to offer their customers a safe environment,” said family lawyer Stephen Spinelli.
A McDonald’s spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
BY, OREN YANIV