Joan Rivers Died of ‘Predictable Complication’ From Medical Procedure: Official

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Joan Rivers died following a “predictable complication” during a medical procedure that led to a loss of oxygen to her brain, according to a report from the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

Rivers was undergoing a laryngoscopy and an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy in Manhattan on Aug. 28 to determine the cause of changes to her voice when the complication occurred. After suffering cardiac arrest, Rivers was taken from the Yorkville Endoscopy facility to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she died Sept. 4 at the age of 81.

The official report should put to rest speculation that Rivers’ was undergoing risky cosmetic surgery at the time she fell ill.

“The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy,” the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner told Fox News.

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  1. so, did they ever find out what changed her voice-OR, was she all clear-we may never know?

  2. scott macdonough says:

    When the new broke that Joan Rivers had been moved from that clinic to the hospital, and that her daughter was flying from L.A. to be at her mother’s side, I immediately knew something was seriously amiss. Had Ms. Rivers been warned that this “simple” procedure might lead to her death, Melissa would have been by her side from the very beginning. Having myself been subjected to many botched operations (at the “finest” NY hospitals, I might add) during the past 16 years (since a drunken driver smashed into my right leg while I was walking my dog), I’ve observed what goes on at hospitals, and can truthfully say that surgeons/doctors/nurses kill their patients every day, and the laws protect their blunders. So bring on the law suits! They won’t bring the beloved Joan Rivers back to life, but they hopefully will bring medical malpractices to public awareness–and lead to the prosecution of Joan Rivers’ trusted personal physician who took a selfie of herself and her unconscious patient!

  3. David Tatlitug says:

    Deceiving that word predictable. That also means they should have been ready for it and they were not. They killed her. Predictable means prepare for.

  4. Daniel Pearl, ASC says:

    I don’t know this for a fact, so please excuse my conjecture if you know otherwise, but wouldn’t she have been on the same anesthetic that Michael Jackson was on when he died?

  5. Daniel Pearl, ASC says:

    I am surprised to see Variety glossing over this as if there was nothing wrong. I guess we’ll just have to wait for the law suits.

  6. sandrashart says:

    This is not a complicated procedure. Someone wasn’t monitoring her vital signs closely enough. Doctors covering doctors. I get it.

  7. Sherry says:

    Yeah, that’s not vague at all. Well done, medical professionals. Try and make it sound as innocuous as possible to cover your own asses.

    I third the question presented by woody and 1favored: if it’s something predictable, shouldn’t the doctors have been prepared for it as an potential danger?

  8. 1favored says:

    My thought exactly, Woody. And because of her age, I would think a doctor would be going in taking extra precautions, or at least monitoring her closer.

  9. woody says:

    so.. if it’s “predictable”, why can’t it be avoided?

    • jhs39 says:

      There’s always going to be a risk from any type of surgery and not all complications can be avoided, even if they are possible for a given procedure. If you have something routine done like having your appendix removed there is a small chance that you will die even if the doctor does everything correctly.

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