Clinic Denies Doctor Performed Surprise Biopsy on Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers (Photo: Jeff Schear/Getty)

The mystery into the death of legendary comedian Joan Rivers continues.

On Tuesday, the New York Daily News reported that the 81-year-old “Fashion Police” host arrived at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic for a routine procedure with her own personal physician in tow. When the clinic doctor noticed “something” on Rivers’ vocal cords during the endoscopy, the comic’s doctor allegedly stepped in to perform a biopsy – a procedure medical experts say should not be performed outside of a hospital.

During the biopsy, Rivers’ vocal cords reportedly seized and cut off her supply of oxygen. The comedienne was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where she died on September 4.

Yorkville Endoscopy has now responded to allegations, telling the Daily News “a biopsy of the vocal cords” has never been done at their clinic. And while Yorkville’s statement does not mention Rivers by name (due to confidentiality), it also goes on to refute reports that general anesthesia was used during the star’s procedure.

“General anesthesia has never been administered at Yorkville Endoscopy,” the clinic said. “The type of sedation used at Yorkville Endoscopy is monitored anesthesia care. Our anesthesiologists utilize light to moderate sedation.”

New York authorities, including the State Health Department and the medical examiner, are still investigating Rivers’ death.


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