Autopsy results of Joan Rivers’ death was revealed on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Melissa Rivers felt dismayed by her mother's recent autopsy results. It was revealed that her death could have been avoided. Read on to learn more about this story.
Rivers' cause of death has been revealed to be hypoxia, i.e., loss of oxygen induced by a general anesthetic. Noteworthy point was that she was sedated with the drug Propofol, the same drug that was also linked to Michael Jackson's death. Beverly Philip, vice president for scientific affairs at the American Society of Anesthesiologists, ruled out that Propofol may be the cause. Melissa Rivers, Joan's only child, expressed her despair 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.
— Melissa Rivers (@MelRivers) October 16, 2014
The New York City Medical Examiner's Office released a statement on Oct. 16, 2014, stating that River's brain lacked oxygen after she suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest while on the operating table. You can read the details of the report here.
"We continue to be saddened by our tragic loss and grateful for the enormous outpouring of love and support from around the world. We have no further comment at this time," said Melissa Rivers in a statement on The Hollywood Reporter.
Rivers, the iconic television personality, underwent on a throat surgery at the private Yorkville Endoscopy in New York City on Aug. 28, 2014 but was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital and kept in a medically induced coma after doctors failed to save her at the clinic. Joan passed away on Sept. 4, 2014 at the age of 81 and was laid to rest at a service at the Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan on Sept. 7, 2014.
We continue to pray for Joan Rivers’ family during this difficult time. For more celebrity news coming up, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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