Melissa Rivers has hired a law firm to investigate the circumstances around her mother’s death.
Joan Rivers died on September 4 at the age of 81 following a cardiac arrest during a medical procedure on her throat.
The New York medical examiner’s office said the death was due to brain damage from low blood oxygen.
The investigation could pave the way for a civil claim against the clinic where the comic was treated.
“In order to fully determine the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Joan Rivers, we confirm that our firm has been engaged by Melissa Rivers and her family,” Ben Rubinowitz, a partner at Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom and Rubinowitz, said.
Melissa Rivers has hired a law firm to investigate the circumstances around her mother’s death
However, he declined to comment on whether Joan Rivers’ family intended to file a legal claim.
Joan Rivers died after spending a week on life support at Mount Sinai Hospital following the cardiac arrest.
The official cause of death was listed as anoxic encephalopathy – a condition caused when brain tissue is deprived of oxygen leading to brain damage.
It was also classified as a “therapeutic complication”, meaning it was a known risk of the procedure.
Negligence is not suspected and was not listed as a contributing cause.
Joan Rivers wrote the intro for a new book about Jewish food just few months before she died.
She began with some old family stories and some old Jewish jokes.
Joan Rivers, who died on September 4 at age 81, is the opening act for Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food.
The book, set to be published in December by powerHouse Books, is a tribute to knishes, bagels, pickles and other staples of the Jewish immigrant community of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.It features memories from Don Rickles, Isaac Mizrahi and Itzhak Perlman, among others.
When the publishers were putting together a wish list for the book, they quickly thought of Joan Rivers, a legend among friends and family for her savory, sardonic Passover gatherings.
Joan Rivers wrote the intro of the Jewish food book just few months before she died
powerHouse press liaison Abbe Aronson, also a contributor to the book, says she spoke to Joan Rivers in April. The conversation was supposed to last just a few minutes, but ran for nearly an hour. They ended up with so much material that powerHouse decided to use it for the introduction.
Joan Rivers dropped all the right names: kasha varnishkes, eggele (or eyerlekh, which is Yiddish for “little eggs,” she noted) and gribenes. She worried that her grandson, Cooper, “looks at Jewish food and doesn’t really get it”.
And she contemplated the menu for an imagined last meal, starting with “a good piece of gefilte fish with some fantastic freshly grated horseradish on it.”
“I’m not happy at a Chinese restaurant. I want kreplach! Jewish food makes Italian food seem like Lean Cuisine,” Joan Rivers said.
“The amazing thing is, believe it or not, I only had so-so Jewish food in Israel. Maybe it’s because my hostess’ daughter was a vegan.”
According to recent reports, Joan Rivers’ ENT doctor allegedly took a selfie with the comedienne while she was under general anesthesia for her throat procedure.
A Yorkville Endoscopy staff member told investigators the photo was taken while Joan Rivers was in the procedure room, CNN reported.
Joan Rivers, 81, was there to undergo a scheduled endoscopy by gastroenterologist and the Yorkville Endoscopy’s medical director Dr. Lawrence Cohen, according to reports.
After that procedure, Joan Rivers also underwent an unauthorized vocal cord biopsy performed by the personal physician, who hasn’t been identified, CNN reported.
Joan Rivers’ ENT doctor allegedly took a selfie with the comedienne while she was under general anesthesia for her throat procedure
On September 12, Yorkville Endoscopy announced Dr. Lawrence Cohen was no longer its medical director. Reports are conflicting as to whether Dr. Lawrence Cohen voluntarily stepped down or was fired.
“Dr. Cohen is not currently performing procedures at Yorkville Endoscopy, nor is he currently serving as medical director,” said a spokesperson from the clinic in a statement.
The autopsy of Joan Rivers’ body did not yield a firm cause or manner of death, and that further studies would be conducted to determine how she died. Reports were that she stopped breathing while undergoing the throat surgery on August 28.
Joan Rivers was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, but the comedienne did not recover. She was put in a medically-induced coma and on life support.
Miss Piggy paid tribute to Joan Rivers despite their longstanding feud originating with their co-starring roles in 1984’s The Muppets Take Manhattan.
In a statement released after Joan Rivers’ death, Miss Piggy said: “Moi is deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and fellow legend, Joan Rivers.”
“From our first appearance together as battling make-up counter girls in <<The Muppets Take Manhattan>> to our recent appearances together on QVC (Joan called it <<The Thrilla in Manolos>>), we were always two of a kind. I will miss her. Can we talk? You bet we can, Joan! Forever and ever!”
Miss Piggy paid tribute to Joan Rivers despite their longstanding feud originating with their co-starring roles in 1984’s The Muppets Take Manhattan
Earlier this year, QVC posted a video documenting the feud between Miss Piggy and Joan Rivers.
Joan Rivers died on September 4 at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she had been taken after losing consciousness during an outpatient surgery. She was 81.
Joan Rivers rose to prominence in a comedy world dominated by men, using Can we talk? as her catch phrase, which usually preceded a good-natured skewering.
Doctors from New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital started the process of bringing Joan Rivers out of a medically induced coma, ET reported.
Joan Rivers, 81, was placed under a medically induced coma following a routine endoscopy. Not long after the procedure started, she stopped breathing and was then rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital.
Doctors started the process of bringing Joan Rivers out of a medically induced coma (photo Getty Images)
“This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York where she is being attended to,” a spokesperson for the hospital confirmed on August 28.
“Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support. We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available.”
Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa, 46, flew to New York from Los Angeles on August 28, saying after she landed: “I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.”
Joan Rivers has reportedly been put on life support at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
Joan Rivers’ family maintains faith in her ability to bounce back even if they decide to turn off the machines, TMZ reported. They still have a few days to make a decision whether or not they will take Joan Rivers off life support.
Joan Rivers was rushed to the hospital after she stopped breathing while undergoing a procedure on her vocal chords (photo Getty Images)
The comedienne was rushed to the hospital on August 28 after she stopped breathing while undergoing a procedure on her vocal chords.
Joan Rivers was initially in critical condition, but was upgraded to stable later that day.
On August 29, her daughter Melissa Rivers released a statement saying Joan Rivers was “resting comfortably and is with our family”.
Melissa Rivers says her mother, Joan Rivers, remains in serious condition at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, but “she is receiving the best treatment and care possible”.
In a statement to E! News, Melissa Rivers, who flew across the country from Los Angeles to be by her mother’s side, says: “My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world.”
Joan Rivers remains in serious condition at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York (photo Getty Images)
“Her condition remains serious but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for her recovery. “
Joan Rivers, 81, was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital after she stopped breathing during a throat surgery at her New York doctor’s office. There, the comedienne was placed in a medically induced coma.
Joan Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, has released an update on the health status of her mother after she was hospitalized in New York.
In a Tweet posted to NBC News, Melissa Rivers said that her mother “is resting comfortably and is with our family.”
“I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in you thoughts and prayers,” Melissa Rivers wrote.
Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital from her New York City doctor’s office after she stopped breathing during vocal cord surgery (photo Getty Images)
On August 28, Joan Rivers, 81, was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital from her New York City doctor’s office after she stopped breathing during vocal cord surgery.
Melissa Rivers, who co-stars with her mother on E!’s reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? quickly made her way to the hospital to be by Joan’s side.
Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital on August 28 after she stopped breathing during throat surgery at a New York City doctor’s office.
Joan Rivers, 81, has been hospitalized after a 911 caller reported “somebody in either cardiac or respiratory arrest”, TMZ reported.
The comedian most recently made headlines for blasting supporters of Palestinians involved in the Israel-Palestine conflict in Gaza. Before that, she walked out on a CNN interview after the anchor asked about a fur coat she was wearing on the cover of her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva, her tenth book published.
Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital after she stopped breathing during throat surgery (photo Getty Images)
Joan Rivers rose to fame in 1965 as one of Johnny Carson’s frequent guests on The Tonight Show. Their relationship, however, was shattered when she launched rival late-night program The Late Show in 1986.
Joan Rivers went on to host daytime talk show The Joan Rivers Show, which earned her a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 1989. The show was nominated for several other Emmys until it ended its run in 1993.
Kim Kardashian was seated next to Joan Rivers during NBC Upfronts on May 15, but asked to have Rivers moved because of how many times the Fashion Police host has made fun of her and her family.
“Khloe and Kim were seated next to Joan Rivers, but they had them move her,” a source tells Us Weekly.
Kim Kardashian was seated next to Joan Rivers during NBC Upfronts, but asked to have her moved
Joan Rivers, 80, recently made fun of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s daughter, North West, even going as far as to call the 11-month-old “ugly”.
The source adds that Kim Kardashian never confronted Joan Rivers about the remark, and “saw her at Jimmy Fallon and was polite and didn’t say anything”.
The source told the publication: “They even took a pic together when Joan asked.”
Joan Rivers has also spoofed Kim Kardashian’s s** tape with ex Ray J and mocked her siblings. Not to mention, she touched on Bruce Jenner’s appearance during an E!’s Fashion Police episode in the past.
“Kim and Khloe both don’t want drama and can’t fake it anymore with Joan, so they asked the staff to keep them separate,” the source told Us Weekly.
The latest target to take a verbal battering from Joan Rivers is former TODAY host Ann Curry.
When asked about the ongoing Today show drama, Joan Rivers, 79, shocked HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill by laying into Ann Curry.
Ann Curry, 56, left Today show in 2012 amidst rumors that co-host Matt Lauer was behind the departure.
Joan Rivers didn’t hold back, she said: “Ann Curry? With all due respect…“ and then made a snoring sound.
The latest target to take a verbal battering from Joan Rivers is former TODAY host Ann Curry
She then aped her presenting style by saying: “Do you reeeeeallly like coffee? REALLY? That’s making me cry that you like coffee.”
Then Joan Rivers added the piece de resistance: “I used to scream at the set, <<Shut up, b***h!>>.“
Joan Rivers said more in support of Matt Lauer, who has seen TODAY ratings nosedive since Ann Curry left: “I think they’re blaming it all on him and it’s very unfair.”
But she did add: “She’s a very nice woman and I’ve heard Matt is a toughie.”
Joan Rivers said of the show “it’s being run by a lot of white men” who went to Ivy League schools and “didn’t keep up with the times”.
The Fashion Show host added: “You can’t sit on your laurels. Good Morning America is kicking butt.”
Ann Curry joined NBC News in 1990 as a Chicago correspondent and eventually rose through the ranks to become a news anchor at Today.
In 2011, she replaced Meredith Vieira on the morning show co-anchoring alongside Matt Lauer.
According to most accounts, Ann Curry and Matt Lauer did not see eye to eye almost from the get-go. While appearing collegiate and even friendly on air, the two colleagues were said to harbor intense feelings of dislike for one another.
Matt Lauer reportedly complained about Ann Curry and was believed to have played a key role in her ouster last year.
Veteran comedian Joan Rivers has been blasted by a Jewish pressure group for a joke she made about German supermodel Heidi Klum’s daring Oscars outfit.
“The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens,” said Joan Rivers – herself Jewish – before doubling over with laughter.
Joan Rivers, 79, made the comment about the Holocaust on Monday’s Fashion Police show on E! when reviewing the low-cut shimmering gold dress worn by Heidi Klum to attend Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in West Hollywood.
The joke has attracted the wrath of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an organization that combats anti-Semitism, and says Joan Rivers has trivialized an horrific event.
ADL leader Abraham Foxman said: “Of all people, Joan Rivers should know better. This remark is so vulgar and offensive to Jews and Holocaust survivors, and indeed to all Americans, that we cannot believe it made it to the airwaves.
“Making it worse, not one of her co-hosts made any effort to respond or to condemn this hideous statement, leaving it hanging out there and giving it added legitimacy through their silence.
“Almost as bad as her original comment is the fact that she sat there doubled over with laughter after saying it.”
Abraham Foxman continued: “There are certain things about the Holocaust that should be taboo. This is especially true for Jews, for whom the Holocaust is still a deeply painful memory.
“It is vulgar and offensive for anybody to use the death of six million Jews and millions of others in the Holocaust to make a joke, but this is especially true for someone who is Jewish and who proudly and publicly wears her Jewishness on her sleeve.”
Joan Rivers has been blasted by a Jewish pressure group for a joke she made about German supermodel Heidi Klum’s daring Oscars outfit
Joan Rivers has refused to apologize, claiming her humor help to keeps the Holocaust in the public consciousness.
The comedian said: “My husband lost the majority of his family at Auschwitz, and I can assure you that I have always made it a point to remind people of the Holocaust through humor.”
Joan Rivers’ husband, Edgar Rosenberg, was born in Germany but his family emigrated to Denmark and then South Africa in order to escape the Nazis.
Joan Rivers and Edgar Rosenberg married in 1965 after he hired her to work with him on a screenplay. Edgar Rosenberg committed suicide by overdosing on prescription drugs in 1987.
Veteran comedian Joan Rivers believes it isn’t too soon to joke about Whitney Houston in her grave.
In her book, I Hate Everyone… Starting With Me, which includes a section on travel, Joan Rivers writes: “I hate Houston. It’s crawling with bugs. Oh, wait, that’s Whitney Houston; I’m sorry, my bad.”
Some complained it was too soon, but if you think Joan Rivers is backing off because of a little criticism, she won’t.
Veteran comedian Joan Rivers believes it isn't too soon to joke about Whitney Houston in her grave
A report notes that the 78-year-old Brooklyn native “delivered her A-game for 70 minutes Tuesday night to an estimated crowd of 1,600 at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts.”
Joan Rivers made fun of Goldie Hawn still thinking she’s a hottie (“Do you believe I have a grownup daughter?” “Yes!”).
Dick Clark not retiring from “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” after suffering a stroke (After mocking Clark’s slurred speech, Joan Rivers said: “Dick. It’s (expletive) March); kids on planes (“Where’s Casey Anthony when you need her?”).
Whitney Houston got it again, (“Can I just mention that Whitney looked fabulous at the Grammys? She was in mahogany from head to toe”) and what would have happened if they had Twitter back in the day (“Hi, This is Joan of Arc. Is it just me or do I smell smoke?” and “It’s Amelia Earhart. Where the (expletive) am I?”)