Comedian Joan Rivers died on Sept. 4 due to brain damage that was caused by a lack of oxygen after she’d stopped breathing during an endoscopy at Yorkville Endoscopy a few days earlier. Her death was determined to be a therapeutic complication, after which, her doctor, Dr. Lawrence Cohen, stepped down. READ FULL STORY
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The medical center, Yorkville Endoscopy, where Joan Rivers had her final surgery before her Sept. 4 death is losing its federal funding at the end of January.
In October, the New York medical examiner’s office confirmed that Rivers died from complications of throat surgery, which she received at Yorkville Endoscopy. The doctor who performed the surgery stepped down soon after Rivers’ death.
According to a letter that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent to Yorkville Endoscopy, CMS “determined that Yorkville Endoscopy no longer meets the Conditions for Coverage for a supplier of Ambulatory Surgical Center services.” READ FULL STORY
The New York City medical examiner’s office has confirmed Joan Rivers’ cause of death to be complications due to surgery.
As we know, Rivers died on Sept. 4 after entering Yorkville Endoscopy for an outpatient procedure with her gastroenterologist, Dr. Lawrence Cohen, who has since stepped down. Rivers was then rushed to Mount Sinai hospital.
And according to the Hollywood Reporter, Rivers’ cause of death was a lack of oxygen to her brain.
“OCME [Office of the Chief Medical Examiner] has completed its investigation. The cause of Ms. Rivers’ death is anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest during laryngoscopy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with propofol sedation for evaluation of voice changes and gastroesophageal reflux disease. The manner of death is therapeutic complication,” spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said in a statement to THR. “The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy.”
According to ABC News, the doctor who performed Joan Rivers’ endoscopy, which led to her cardiac arrest, has stepped down from Yorkville Endoscopy.
Dr. Lawrence Cohen was the clinic’s medical director and gastroenterologist, and in a statement to ABC News, the clinic said that Cohen “is not currently performing procedures at Yorkville Endoscopy; nor is he currently serving as medical director.”
According to the New York Times, an unauthorized ear, nose and throat specialist was present in the operating room during Rivers’ procedure. The unauthorized specialist was reportedly brought in by Dr. Cohen, who allowed the specialist to examine River’s voice box both before and after the endoscopy.
Yorkville Endoscopy did not immediately reply to EW’s request for comment.
Comedy legend Joan Rivers died on Thursday at age 81. Her daughter, Melissa, announced her mother’s passing in a heartfelt statement. “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” she wrote. “Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”
Rivers was hospitalized last week after she stopped breathing during throat surgery. Melissa wrote that she died “surrounded by family and close friends.”
Read the statement in full below.
On Aug. 28, Joan Rivers was admitted to New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital after experiencing complications during surgery at a clinic. She is now on life support, her family said in a statement released Tuesday.
“On behalf of my mother and our family, we are extremely grateful for all the love and support we’ve received,” Rivers’ daughter Melissa said in the statement. “At this time she does remain on life support.”
Though further details of Rivers’ condition have not been made public, the Associated Press reported Rivers went into cardiac arrest while receiving throat surgery the morning of Aug. 28 and was rushed to the hospital soon after.
UPDATE (10 p.m. ET): Joan Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, released the following statement to EW: “I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.”
UPDATE: Mount Sinai Hospital, where Rivers is receiving treatment, has released a statement: “This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to. Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support. We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available.”
ORIGINAL STORY: According to the Associated Press, Joan Rivers was rushed to the hospital after she stopped breathing while receiving throat surgery at a clinic in New York Thursday morning. Chief News Correspondent for E!, the network Rivers’ Fashion Police appears on, posted a tweet Thursday afternoon saying, “Joan Rivers is in stable condition.”
Police were called to a Costco store in a Los Angeles suburb after comedian Joan Rivers handcuffed herself to a shopping cart to protest the store, which is not selling her latest book.
The 79-year-old Fashion Police host was being filmed by a camera crew Tuesday as she complained that the store in Burbank, Calif., had refused to carry her book, I Hate Everything… Starting With Me.
Burbank city spokesman Drew Sugars says the store manager called police, who sent officers to the scene because they were uncertain of the scale of the situation. They ended up escorting Rivers from the store, and she and her crew left without incident.
Sugars says there were no citations or arrests.
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