The New York Police Department is now investigating the death of comedian Joan Rivers, who passed away on Thursday after reportedly suffering cardiac arrest during a routine surgical procedure the previous week.
Ms. Rivers, 81, stopped breathing on Aug. 28 at Yorkville Endoscopy as she underwent an otherwise routine procedure on her vocal chords. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan later that same day a placed on life support. She died seven days later.
“Yes, NYPD is investigating,” a police source told the Hollywood Reporter. “We investigate all such deaths, meaning ‘not by natural causes.’ Although it might end up being ruled natural by the [medical examiner], when it’s not readily apparent, we investigate,”
The New York City’s Medical Examiner’s office said Friday that the “cause and manner” of Ms. Rivers’ death will “require further studies.”
The New York State Department of Health has launched its own investigation into the comedian’s death, the Hollywood Reporter said.
A private funeral for Ms. Rivers was planned for Sunday at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.