According to a new report from CNN, the great comedian/actress, Joan Rivers, sadly past away earlier today, September 4th, 2014 at approximately 1:17pm in a New York City hospital at the age of 81. She had suffered a cardiac arrest during a medical procedure. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers gave a statement, saying: “She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends.”
Joan’s funeral has already been scheduled for Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan. Details, including the time and if the public will be allowed to attend, are not yet known. Joan had been on life support at Manhattan’s Mount Sinai hospital, where she was taken after she stopped breathing at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic last Thursday.
Rivers was undergoing a reported minor elective procedure at the clinic when she suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest. Paramedics took her by ambulance to Mount Sinai Hospital, about a mile from the clinic, where she was initially listed in critical condition. The outpatient clinic is now being investigated by the New York State Department of Health.
Joan’s death also has triggered an investigation by the New York medical examiner’s office, The cause and manner of death will be announced at some point. This past Tuesday, Joan was confirmed to be on life support. This is so sad. She will be greatly missed. I absolutely loved her comedy. Stay tuned.