NEW YORK CITY — Legendary comedian Joan Rivers died of “therapeutic complications” during a procedure to evaluate her “voice changes” and stomach reflux.
The New York Medical Examiner released its findings Thursday, revealing Joan was sedated with Propofol — the same drug blamed for Michael Jackson’s death — during the procedure.
“The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy,” the report said.
Rivers died September 4, a week after an appointment at Manhattan’s Yorkville Endoscopy clinic.
The medical examiner’s investigation ruled that the cause of death was “anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest,” a medical description of brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen.
Joan Rivers was 81 years old.