The scandal surrounding Joan Rivers’ untimely death just won’t go away. The latest bombshell, which hits only two weeks after she passed away, reveals that a doctor handling her throat procedure in a Manhattan clinic allegedly took a selfie with her body.
According to CNN, a Yorkville Endoscopy staff member told investigators that Rivers’ personal ear-nose-throat doctor took the photograph while Rivers was in the procedure room. That doctor has not been publicly identified.
Rivers, 81, was at the clinic for a scheduled endoscopy to help diagnose her hoarse voice and sore throat. Gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence Cohen, the clinic’s medical director, was in charge of the procedure, which involved inserting a camera down her throat. The source states that after the procedure, a biopsy was done on Rivers without her prior consent. The article goes on to say:
An ear, nose and throat specialist not certified by the clinic as required by law performed a biopsy on her vocal cords. The doctor is described by the source as Rivers’ personal ear-nose-throat physician.
A source close to the investigation said that the cardiac arrest leading to Joan Rivers’ death happened during that biopsy on her vocal cords. A staff member at the clinic told investigators that the doctor took the selfie photo in the procedure room while Rivers was under anesthesia.
Investigators believe that Rivers’ 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.
Though the investigation is still ongoing and no one has been charged with any crimes leading to the comedienne’s death, Yorkville Endoscopy announced that Dr. Cohen was no longer medical director of the clinic as of last Friday. While it’s not known whether he was fired or voluntarily left, The Wrap got this statement from a spokesperson at the clinic:
“Dr. Cohen is not currently performing procedures at Yorkville Endoscopy, nor is he currently serving as medical director.”