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The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office revealed today what was the cause if Joan Rivers death ––a lack of oxygen to her brain as a complication during surgery. Rivers was undergoing a laryngoscopy at a NYC clinic to get a closer look at her vocal cords —her voice had gotten raspier.
“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 said in a statement via THR. “The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy.”
Melissa released a statement on Twitter, “In response to NYC’s Medical examiner’s report, we continue to be saddened by our tragic loss. No further comment at this time.”
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