A risky move during an outpatient procedure led to the death of legendary comic Joan Rivers, the Daily News reports.
While Rivers was undergoing a routine endoscopy at Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan on Aug. 28, doctors reportedly decided to perform an unplanned biopsy after noticing something on the comedian’s vocal chords. The biopsy caused the comedian’s vocal chords to suddenly seize and her air supply was cut off, a medical source told the newspaper. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she died one week later on Sept. 4.
“A biopsy like that should only be done in a hospital setting,” the source is quoted saying. “If she had been in a hospital when it happened, she might have been okay.”
Rivers, a former Larchmont resident, was remembered at a star-studded funeral at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan on Sunday. Croton-on-Hudson’s Audra McDonald performed and Howard Stern delivered the eulogy.