Joan Rivers’ autopsy inconclusive

By admin
08 September 2014

Joan Rivers’ official cause of death remains unclear as her initial autopsy proved inconclusive.

The 81-year-old comedienne died on Thursday after being hospitalised last week upon falling into cardiac arrest during surgery at a Manhattan clinic.

A representative from the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed on Friday their first examination yielded little insight into the true cause of Joan’s demise.

'The cause and manner of death are pending further studies'

“Following an examination, the cause and manner of death are pending further studies,” a spokesperson told Fox411.

During a surgical procedure that was being performed at Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan on August 28, Joan went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital. The star was in critical condition when she first reached the medical centre and she was put on life support.

The New York State Department of Health has launched a formal inquiry into the matter, focusing its attention on the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic.

“The state Department of Health is investigating the matter,” a representative informed the outlet. “It’s a full investigation of the matter… Since it’s an ongoing investigation I can’t comment on what we’re looking at.”

The New York Daily News previously reported there were rumours the Rivers family would pursue a lawsuit connected to Joan’s death.

The Fashion Police host is survived by her daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper.

While announcing the death of her mother on Thursday, Melissa made it clear the family was dealing with its grief by remembering the laughter Joan brought into the world.

“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 wrote in a statement to Deadline.

According to Us Weekly, Joan’s funeral will take place on Sunday, September 7 at Temple Emanu-El in New York City.

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