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Joan Rivers’ death investigated by NYPD

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The NYPD is investigating the death of Joan Rivers, who passed away on September 4 after reportedly suffering cardiac arrest during a routine surgical procedure the previous week.

Joan Rivers, 81, stopped breathing on August 28 at Yorkville Endoscopy as she underwent an otherwise routine procedure on her vocal chords. The comeddiene was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan later that same day a placed on life support. She died seven days later.

The NYPD is investigating the death of Joan Rivers

The NYPD is investigating the death of Joan Rivers (photo Getty Images)

A police source told the Hollywood Reporter: “Yes, NYPD is investigating.”

“We investigate all such deaths, meaning <<not by natural causes>>. Although it might end up being ruled natural by the [medical examiner], when it’s not readily apparent, we investigate.”

The New York City’s Medical Examiner’s office said on September 5 that the “cause and manner” of Joan Rivers’ death will “require further studies”.

Yorkville Endoscopy is also under investigation by the New York State Department of Health.

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