The New York Department of Health is investigating the circumstances that led to Joan Rivers' cardiac arrest and eventual death, the Associated Press reported on Thursday. The health department's office of public affairs confirmed to The Wire that they are investigating the matter.
The 81-year-old comedienne stopped breathing last Thursday while she was undergoing a minor throat procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy in New York City. According to ABC, the clinic was established last year and there have been no complaints to date.
“Investigators will look into the anesthetic given to her and also determine whether she was given too high a dosage,” The Enquirer reported..
Health department officials told the network that the investigation was triggered automatically "by a complication during a procedure at an outpatient clinic." They suspect no wrongdoing.
Upon hearing of Rivers' death, Yelp commenters have taken to the businesses' page to lash out at the doctors. The medical group is described as such:
Yorkville Endoscopy is dedicated to providing high-quality, cost-effective, efficient, and comprehensive outpatient endoscopic healthcare for adults. Our mission is to serve as a community resource for digestive disorders in a state-of-the-art facility staffed by highly experienced endoscopists with a shared commitment to patient safety. We are committed to meeting the health care needs of the community by providing compassionate care regardless of a patient's religious beliefs, race, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, or disability and by making charity care available.
Here's what the internet had to say:
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