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Harts hushed by lawyers

By NOVA PIERSON -- Calgary Sun

Owen Hart's wife and parents have been quieted by their lawyers regarding the settlement of his wrongful death suit -- even on their feelings about the case drawing to a close.

"We've been instructed to refer all calls of any nature to our lawyer," said Helen Hart, Owen's mother.

"They've asked us not to say a word. It's not quite settled yet."

Owen plunged to his death in a World Wrestling Federation stunt in Kansas City, Mo.'s Kemper Arena May 23, 1999.

The suit filed by his wife Martha, children Oje and Athena and parents Helen and Stu against World Wrestling Federation Entertainment has now been settled -- but both sides are keeping mum until a judge approves the agreement Nov. 7.

"I can't answer any questions right now," said WWF spokesman Gary Davis, adding both parties had agreed to limit comment to a mutual statement Monday.

That statement said both sides had come to an amicable agreement and the WWF will continue the case against the manufacturers and sellers of the stunt equipment involved in the accident.

"They can speak freely when we come back, from the (court date)," said Hart family lawyer Pam Fischer.

Details of the suit are confidential, but a source told a U.S. newspaper that the deal is worth $18 million US.

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