Unexpected things happen during lawsuits all the time, and that includes defendants dying before the cases conclude. Whether a plaintiff can continue seeking judgement in this situation depends on the jurisdiction where the case is being heard and the defendant's personal circumstances. Here's are a couple of things that may happen if the defendant in your wrongful death lawsuit passes away.
You May Have to Defend Your Lawsuit
It's an unfortunate reality that the American court system is bogged down with cases, which is why it can take a long time for civil lawsuits like wrongful death suits to resolve.