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On Wednesday, the New York City Medical Examiner revealed the cause of Joan Rivers’ death as lack of oxygen to the brain.

Rivers, a comedic powerhouse, died Sept. 4. A week before her death, the comedienne was rushed to the hospital after suffering cardiac arrest as a result of a throat procedure.

According to the medical examiner’s report, her death was officially caused by “anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest during laryngoscopy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with propofol sedation for evaluation of voice changes and gastroesophageal reflux disease.”

While the medical examiner called the complication “predicable” in its report, released Wednesday, the doctor who performed Rivers’ procedure has since left the practice and the clinic is under investigation by The New York State Health Department.

There is no suspicion of wrongdoing by either the clinic or the doctor, according to a source close to the investigation.

SOURCE: Huffington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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