December 19, 2014 11:29 AM EST

An elderly West Virginia couple died after eating tainted meatloaf at a Bob Evans restaurant, according to a lawsuit by their children, who are seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The suit by Mark and Ann Starcher claims that about nine hours after their parents’ meal, Virginia and Harold Starcher became “violently ill” and went to the emergency room, CNN reports. The lawsuit says the dad then suffered a stroke and both parents died over the next several months in hospice care.

A spokesman for Bob Evans said the company sympathizes with the family but says there “is no basis to the allegations contained in the complaint and the suit is entirely without merit.”


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