UPDATE: 1:10 PM EST
An autopsy performed on late comedienne Joan Rivers found no clear “cause and manner of death,” according to TMZ.
The Medical Examiner’s Office tells us they’ve completed the physical examination of Joan’s body, but could not find a clear “cause and manner of death” … pending further studies.
We’re told those further studies will include conducting toxicology testing, and interviewing medical professionals who were present during the throat procedure Joan was getting last week when she stopped breathing.
We’ll keep you updated.
Rivers, a trailblazer known for her controversial comedy, died on Thursday after complications stemming from a surgical procedure on her throat. She had been hospitalized at NYC’s Mount Sinai Hospital since Aug. 28 in a medically induced coma after she stopped breathing during the procedure. She was 81-years-old.
Her daughter Melissa confirmed her death on Thursday afternoon:
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother,” Melissa said in a statement. “Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated.”
Melissa was seen for the first time since announcing her mother’s death just two hours after making the statement, arriving at Joan’s 5th Avenue home – presumably to solidify funeral arrangements.
From Radar Online:
The legendary comedienne’s daughter was allegedly told, “Your mother was the greatest.” Melissa then looked into the cameras and nodded in acknowledgement of the kind words.
Our prayers and condolences are with the Rivers family during this difficult time.