Joan Rivers died due to a lack of oxygen to her brain, and her death was cited as the result of “a predictable complication” by the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner Thursday.
“The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy,” the Chief Medical Examiner’s office stated.
Rivers was sedated with Propofol, a general anesthetic often used during surgeries, and the findings also reported that Rivers visited Yorkville Endoscopy for laryngoscopy and an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, to evaluate changes in her voice and treat acid reflux, respectively. (RELATED: Joan Rivers’ Doctor Fired)
Rivers had been rushed to Mt. Sinai hospital after she quit breathing during the procedure, which is when she was placed in its Intensive Care Unit. She died several days later after being placed in the ICU. (RELATED: Joan’s Funniest Moments)