The doctor who performed Joan Rivers’ final throat procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy in New York has been fired, according to news reports.
The veteran star was undergoing a routine operation at the medical facility on August 28 when she suffered a cardiac and respiratory arrest. She was taken to nearby Mount Sinai Hospital, where she died a week later, on September 4.
Reports have surfaced the late comedienne stopped breathing after an unscheduled biopsy was performed, but bosses at the clinic have denied the story, stating, “a biopsy of the vocal cords” has never been performed at their facility.
On Friday, sources told editors at WABC Eyewitness News in New York that gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence B. Cohen, who was the medical director at the facility, was no longer working there.
In a message on Twitter, editors write, “Medical director of Yorkville Endoscopy where Joan Rivers went to cardiac arrest is out… He is no longer performing procedures at the clinic.”
A representative for Yorkville Endoscopy has confirmed the news, stating, “Dr. Cohen is not currently performing procedures at Yorkville Endoscopy, nor is he currently serving as medical director.”