Ricky Wyatt

 

 

Age: 57

 

Summary: civil rights pioneer who was committed to a mental institution in 1968 and given large doses of psychoactive drugs although he was never found to have any illness and later became the lead plaintiff in a landmark class-action federal lawsuit protesting conditions at Bryce State Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Alabama leading to a 1971 judgment that set national guidelines for mental care known as the Wyatt Standards.

 

 

Cause of Death: Not released

 

Born: January 23, 1954

 

Died: November 1, 2011

 

Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama