Joan Rivers’ final cause of death has been determined by the New York Chief Medical Examiner to be brain damage due to lack of oxygen.
The 81-year old comedian died on September 4 after “a predictable complication” during a medical procedure.
“The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy,”
The statement further revealed that Rivers visited Yorkville Endoscopy on Aug. 28 for a laryngoscopy and an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, and she was put under propofol sedation to evaluate changes to her voice.
Her daughter, Melissa Rivers has said that the family continued to be saddened by the tragic loss.
Mamamia previously reported:
Joan Rivers has died aged 81.
The Fashion Police host and comedienne passed away peacefully in hospital on Thursday afternoon.
Her daughter Melissa Rivers said in a written statement: “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers.”
“She passed peacefully at 1:17 pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.”
Melissa Rivers said she and her son Cooper “have found (them)selves humbled by the outpouring of love, support and prayers we have received from around the world.”
“They have been heard and appreciated. My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon,” she said.
There has been an outpouring of grief from celebrities on social media following the death, with Ellen DeGeneres tweeting “Joan Rivers will always be a pioneer. She paved the way for a lot of comedians. I’m very sad she’s gone.”
“Watching Joan Rivers do standup at age 81 was incredible: athletic, jaw-dropping, terrifying, essential. It never stopped. Neither will she,” Lena Dunham tweeted.
Donald Trump wrote: “Joan Rivers @Joan_Rivers was an amazing woman and a great friend. Her energy and talent were boundless. She will be greatly missed.”
Richard Wilkins tweeted Joan’s funeral requests that she had previously told daughter Melissa:
The news comes after Rivers suffered a cardiac arrest during throat surgery on 28 August.
She was rushed from the clinic to a hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, in critical condition and her daughter, Melissa Rivers, flew to New York to be by her side.