Bosses at the New York clinic where Joan Rivers suffered a cardiac arrest have denied ever performing biopsies at the facility following a new report suggesting the comedienne stopped breathing during the delicate procedure.
The veteran star was undergoing a routine throat operation at Yorkville Endoscopy on August 28 when her heart stopped beating. She was taken to nearby Mount Sinai Hospital, where she died a week later, on September 4.
A new report published by the New York Daily News on Wednesday, suggests Rivers lost consciousness while undergoing the out-patient endoscopy because her doctor had decided to perform an unplanned biopsy – surgery typically only performed in a hospital – after spotting something unusual on her vocal cords.
However, medical professionals at Yorkville have since dismissed the allegations in a general statement, insisting “a biopsy of the vocal cords” has never been performed at their facility. Patient confidentiality laws prohibited them from specifically talking about Rivers’ case.
The legendary funnywoman was laid to rest in a star-studded funeral on Sunday.