What Killed Joan Rivers: Federal Report Lists Multiple Errors

November 11, 2014 9:10 AM

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While a medical examiner ruled that Joan Rivers died on September 4 due to brain damage caused by lack of oxygen, why the 81-year-old comedian suffered from such serious "theraputic complications" during a routine procedure to examine her throat has remained a mystery. As accusations have been flying about doctors taking selfies and performing unauthorized procedures on Rivers, investigators have been looking into Manhattan's Yorkville Endoscopy clinic. On Monday the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported their findings, saying the clinic made multiple serious errors while Rivers was on the operating table. For starters, Rivers' blood pressure and pulse were dropping for at least 15 minutes, but doctors failed to notice before she went into cardiac arrest.

Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she died a week later. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, was reportedly planning to file a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit even before the federal report came out. Her lawyers said in a statement that she is "terribly disappointed to learn ...

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