Post Mortem Concluded Joan Rivers Died Of Brain Damage

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Comedienne Joan Rivers died of brain damage, the New York medical examiner’s office concluded.

The star passed away on September 4, after being on life support following a cardiac arrest during a medical procedure.

Her death was ruled as a “therapeutic complication”, meaning it was a known risk of the procedure.

The medical examiner listed the cause of death as anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest.

Rivers was sedated with propofol during her procedure examining the back of her throat and vocal cords.

She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital after she stopped breathing, where she was put on life support. Hypoxia and cardiac arrest are rare side effects of propofol.

Medical malpractice lawyer Steven Harris told Associated Press that every surgery is almost like playing Russian roulette.

“I always tell my clients when they come through here, every time you have surgery you’re playing Russian roulette. The more surgery, the more the numbers can catch up with you – and as we know, Ms Rivers had a lot of surgery.”

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