Clinic investigated for death of Joan Rivers

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

New York police have launched an investigation into the medical clinic that treated comedy icon and television host, Joan Rivers, in relation to her death last week.

Rivers (81) was admitted to Mount Sinai hospital on August 28 having fallen into cardiac arrest, following routine surgery on her vocal cords at Manhattan-based Yorkville Endoscopy, that same day. She died seven days later after having been on life support.

Autopsy findings carried out last Friday proved inconclusive.

A source for the New York Police Department (NYDP), confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter over the weekend, that Rivers’ death is being investigated. A similar investigation has also been undertaken by the New York State Department of Health.

“We investigate all such deaths, meaning 'not by natural causes.' Although it might end up being ruled natural by the [medical examiner], when it's not readily apparent, we investigate,” the NYPD source said.

A spokesperson for Yorkville Endoscopy, has told People magazine that no information about Rivers’ procedure has been released due to “healthcare privacy laws”, but that the firm will “promptly report to appropriate government and regulatory agencies and would proactively cooperate with any governmental review.”

Speaking to CNN, Clinical Director of the Voice and Swallowing Centre in New York, Dr. Jonathan Aviv, said that although the surgery is minor, problems can still arise.

“You can have a heart attack, problems breathing or irregular heart beat.”

Rivers was buried during a private ceremony on Sunday.