Joan Rivers, 1933-2014
Joan Rivers died today, following complications during throat surgery in a clinic in New York City. When the 81-year-old's breathing stopped, she was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital and put into a medically-induced coma. Unfortunately, the long-time actress and comedienne never woke from that coma, and her daughter Melissa chose to turn off the life support systems.
Rivers was a complicated woman whose special brand of comedy relied heavily on self-deprecation. Her multiple plastic surgeries were no secret to anyone; she had been a regular patient of plastic surgeon Steven Hoefflin since 1983. Despite battling bulemia and depression, Rivers always seemed upbeat during performances and interviews.
An investigation is being conducted at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic where Rivers underwent throat surgery on August 28th.