Joan died, Sept. 4, after undergoing a routine throat procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy in NYC, and now it has just been revealed that Joan died of hypoxic arrest.
Joan Rivers was simply having a procedure to find out why her voice was always so raspy but she sadly did not survive. The 81-year-old star of Fashion Police, died several days later and now the New York City medical examiner’s office has just revealed, Oct. 16, that it was a complication of the sedative drug propofol, which also famously killed Michael Jackson.
Joan Rivers: The Late Comedienne’s Cause Of Death Finally Revealed
Joan died of hypoxic arrest, which is when oxygen flow to your brain is cut off. The report claims that she ended up suffering brain damage from the lack of oxygen. But the medical examiner called this a “predictable complication” of the anesthesia.
The report also states that she was undergoing the procedure to learn more about her acid reflux that was causing changes in her voice. Joan, who was sedated with propofol, died of low blood oxygen during the procedure after her heart stopped beating. This lack of oxygen, is said to have caused brain damage, according to the New York City medical examiner.
The medical examiner’s office also said that they found that there was no malpractice and that she died of a “therapeutic complication.”
Joan’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, who is rumored to be considering suing Yorkville Endoscopy, released a statement to ABC News stating:
“We continue to be saddened by our tragic loss and grateful for the enormous outpouring of love and support from around the world. We have no further comment at this time.”
Joan’s Doctor Took A Selfie While She Was Under Anesthesia
While Joan was sedated, her personal doctor, Dr. Gwen Korovin, who was also in the room, reportedly took a selfie with her, according to CNN.
This doctor is also the one is said to have performed an unscheduled biopsy on her vocal chords.
Dr. Korovin claims she did not take a selfie while Joan was under anesthesia and that CNN’s source is “making up lies.”
We feel so horrible for Joan’s family but we hope that this cause of death will bring them one step closer to the closure they need.
— Chloe Melas
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