Many reports have linked negligence on the part of the doctors with the death of comedienne Joan Rivers.
It was earlier reported by the CNN that the doctor had performed an unauthorized biopsy on the star, and now also reports that he was taking a selfie just as she went into cardiac arrest.
Rivers was at the clinic for a scheduled throat procedure by another doctor, gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence Cohen. When he was finished, the comedian’s personal doctor (whose name has not been released) reportedly began to perform a biopsy without her prior consent, according to CNN. The ENT was not certified to perform procedures at the Manhattan clinic, as required by law.
“Investigators believe that Rivers’s vocal cords began to swell during the allegedly unauthorized biopsy, cutting off the flow of oxygen to her lungs, which led to cardiac arrest on the morning of August 29,” the source said.
An investigation into what led to Rivers’s death continues. However, this new information contradicts the clinic’s previous statements: Yorkville Endoscopy last Thursday denied reports that any vocal cord biopsies had been performed there.