Report: Joan Rivers’ Doctor Took ‘Selfie’ Before Deadly Procedure

Joan Rivers (Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty)

It may be the most shocking twist yet in the case of Joan Rivers’ death: The comedian’s personal doctor allegedly took a “selfie” while she was under anesthesia.

According to a CNN report, a staff member at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic – where Rivers was scheduled to undergo a routine procedure on August 29 – told investigators that the “Fashion Police” host’s personal ear, nose and throat doctor took a photograph in the procedure room before performing an unplanned biopsy on her vocal cords.

As previously reported, Yorkville doctor Lawrence Cohen noticed “something” on Rivers vocal cords, which allegedly lead to her personal physician stepping in to perform the biopsy. Investigators believe the comic’s vocal cords began to swell during the procedure, cutting off her oxygen and sparking cardiac arrest. Rivers died just one week later at the age of 81.

While Yorkville has remained relatively mum on the situation, the clinic did release a statement last week denying that a vocal cord biopsy had ever been done at their facility. Additionally, Dr. Cohen, according to the clinic, “is not currently performing procedures at Yorkville Endoscopy; nor is he currently serving as medical director.”

The CNN report does not mention whether Rivers’ doctor took a selfie with the comedienne in frame, or to whom, if anyone, it was sent.

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


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