The New York City medical examiner’s office has just announced that Joan’s cause of death is still unclear and they need to do more tests. The 81-year-old died, Sept. 4, just eight days after undergoing a routine throat procedure.
Joan Rivers was taken off life support Sept. 4, after battling for her life for over one week. The comedian went into cardiac arrest while at Yorkville Endoscopy Center, Aug. 28, and was raced to Mt. Sinai Hospital. It will take several more days before we may learn what exactly caused the Fashion Police star to stop breathing during the procedure and hopefully all testing will be completed before her scheduled Sept. 7 funeral.
Joan Rivers — Her Autopsy Results Are ‘Inconclusive’
The “cause and manner” of her death are unclear, according to the medical examiner spokesperson, Julie Bolcer. TMZ reports that she will undergo toxicology tests, among others.
Melissa Rivers, 46, her daughter released the statement below after her mom’s death:
It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother. Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.
We told you that a funeral will be held for Joan at Temple Emanu-El and as of now it will be closed to the public.
“It is a terribly sad day for all of us,” Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson told ABC News. “We mourn with her family, friends and all those millions to whom she brought laughter and joy.”
Joan is survived by her daughter, Melissa and her 13-year-old grandson, Edgar Cooper Endicott, 13.
— Chloe Melas