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The Role Propofol Played in Joan Rivers’ Death

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QVC Red Carpet Style Party - ArrivalsNEW 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.

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