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