Joan Rivers’ Daughter Denied Her Mother’s Autopsy

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Even though a medical examiner revealed last week that late comedienne Joan Rivers suffered brain damage during the fatal throat operation last month, it seems that Rivers’ daughter Melissa never wanted the autopsy to be performed. 

The coroner gave a brief statement regarding the cause of death, but since the family denied the autopsy, the specific details may never be revealed.

“OCME [Office of the Chief Medical Examiner] has completed its investigation. The cause of Ms. Rivers’ death is anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest during laryngoscopy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with propofol sedation for evaluation of voice changes and gastroesophageal reflux disease. The manner of death is therapeutic complication. The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy.”

Melissa took to Twitter on October 16 to inform the public that she is still devastated and doesn’t wish to talk about the autopsy report.

“In response to the NYC’s Medical examiner’s report, we continue to be saddened by our tragic loss. No further comment at this time.”

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