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Joan Rivers‘ personal doctor took a selfie in the operating room while performing an unauthorized throat biopsy during the procedure that led to the comedian’s death, according to CNN report on Tuesday.
“A staff member at Manhattan’s Yorkville Endoscopy clinic told investigators that the doctor, who has not been publicly identified, took a selfie photo in the procedure room while Rivers was under anesthesia,” an unnamed source close to the death investigation told the cable news network.
However, the clinic has denied previous media accounts of the spontaneous biopsy. “A biopsy of the vocal cords has never been performed at Yorkville Endoscopy,” a rep told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement on Sept. 12. Yorkville’s medical director, Lawrence B. Cohen, has been forced out of his position on the board and is no longer performing procedures there. He also left his private-practice group, New York Gastroenterology Associates.
Rivers went to Yorkville Endoscopy for a routine procedure when complications arose. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. Rivers died on Sept. 4, at age 81. After an initial autopsy, the New York City medical examiner’s office has said the cause of death is unclear and they need to run more tests.
Yorkville Endoscopy, Dr. Cohen’s office and the medical examiner’s office did not immediately return emails for comment.
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