Her forty six year daughter Melissa Rivers released a statement stating:
“She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother. Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”
It was just on Thursday when for a routine throat procedure on her vocal chords at the Yorkville Endoscopy, an outpatient clinic in New York City. Also it had been noted that she was well enough to just the evening.
The Hollywood Reporter also confirmed today that The New York State Health Department is investigating the events leading up to Joan Rivers’ cardiac arrest and subsequent death, following an outpatient procedure on her vocal chords. Investigators have visited the clinic for further inquiry into the events leading up to Rivers’ procedure failure.