A 37-year-old man had a fatal heart attack after appendix surgery at North Shore Hospital, and his angry family are demanding answers about his treatment and death.

The coroner is investigating the death of Brendon Parrish, who had surgery to remove his ruptured appendix at the hospital in Takapuna last month.

The Parrish family are considering laying a complaint against North Shore Hospital for what grieving brother Darryl Parrish yesterday described as "slack" and "shoddy" care.

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