After the cause of Joan Rivers’ death was revealed on Oct. 16, it appears that her passing may have been wholly avoidable. As such, daughter Melissa Rivers remains ‘saddened’ by her ‘tragic loss,’ as she tweeted in a statement.
Joan Rivers passed away on Sept. 4 at the age of 81, and it turns out that her death could have been avoided. As the autopsy report reveals, her passing was the result of a botched, elective procedure. Daughter Melissa Rivers, 46, has released a heartbreaking statement via Twitter.
Melissa Rivers On Joan Rivers’ Death Cause: She’s Saddened By Autopsy Results
Here’s what Melissa tweeted on Oct. 16 following the news of Joan’s cause of death:
In response to NYC’s Medical examiner’s report, we continue to be saddened by our tragic loss. No further comment at this time.
— Melissa Rivers (@MelRivers) October 16, 2014
Joan Rivers’ Cause Of Death: ‘Predictable Complication Of Medical Therapy’
“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 revealed in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
“The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy.”
Note that the drug with which she was sedated — propofol — was also famously the cause of Michael Jackson‘s death.
Given that the surgery she underwent at Yorkville Endoscopy on Aug. 28 was elective, Joan’s death could have been avoided.
Our thoughts continue to go out to Melissa and the rest of the family during this difficult time.
— Amanda Mitchell