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Joan Rivers died of low blood oxygen during a procedure to evaluate voice changes and reflux, the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner has ruled, according to The Associated Press. The comedian and actress died at age 81 at Mount Sinai Hospital a week after the operation, a laryngoscopy and an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy which took place on August 28th at New York's Yorkville Endoscopy clinic. The official cause of death was "anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest" – brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen.
"The classification of »
Joan Rivers’ official cause of death has been revealed by the New York City Medical Examiners office.
Joan Rivers' Cause Of Death
New York City Medical Examiner spokesperson Julie Bolcer revealed in a statement on Thursday that Rivers’ death was caused by complications due to surgery.
“Ocme [Office of the Chief Medical Examiner] has completed its investigation. The cause of Ms. Rivers’ death is anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest during laryngoscopy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with propofol sedation for evaluation of voice changes and gastroesophageal reflux disease. The manner of death is therapeutic complication," Bolcer’s statement reads. "The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy."
In layman’s terms, during Rivers larngoscopy and endoscopy in which she was sedated with propofol, not enough oxygen was getting to her brain, leading to brain damage. Rivers suffered both cardiac and respiratory arrest. »
Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa Rivers will pursue a lawsuit against a doctor who operated on her mother. Melissa Rivers, 46, is taking legal action against throat specialist Dr Gwen Korovin, who was allegedly unauthorized to practice at the Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic in Manhattan where Joan passed away after a routine endoscopy caused her to go into cardiac arrest last month. Although the medical centre's director Dr Lawrence Cohen stepped down following the death of the star aged 88, it is believed Dr Korovin has continued working and accepting new patients at the practice. A close friend of the Rivers family told MailOnline: ''Melissa does plan to sue the clinic. It's very difficult to discuss something so unpleasant with her, but she is going to launch a lawsuit.'' According to CNN, clinic workers claim both Dr Cohen and Dr Korovin were treating the late star in the hours leading up to »
Melissa Rivers Suing Clinic
Rivers, nearly a month after her mother's death, is going forward with her plans to sue the Upper East Side clinic, a friend told the Daily Mail. “It’s very difficult to discuss something so unpleasant with her, but she is going to launch a lawsuit,” the friend told the U.K. newspaper.
Dr. Gwen Korovin, an esteemed ear, nose and throat specialist, accompanied Rivers to the clinic for her routine surgery on Aug. 28. Conflicting reports suggest that she either performed an unscheduled biopsy or that she performed multiple laryngoscopies, the last of which caused her vocal cords to seize up. Korovin was not certified by the clinic and was only authorized to watch on as gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence Cohen performed and endoscopy. »
With every horror fan’s favorite time of year just right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of 31 genre-related titles currently available on Netflix Instant that undoubtedly will get you ready for the Halloween season.
David is the only one who knows the truth about the aliens invading his small town in this remake of the 50s science-fiction classic.
Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, this campy send-up follows an egotistical medical student who develops a serum that miraculously revives the dead.
When Charley Brewster discovers that his suave new neighbor is a vampire, he seeks help from actor Peter Vincent, famed for portraying a ghoul hunter.
Join the rotting but amiable Creep as he introduces this anthology of three gruesome tales written by the master of horror, »
- Heather Wixson
It’s Alive, Larry Cohen’s 1974 cult thriller starring John P. Ryan, Sharron Farrell, James Dixon and Guy Stockwell, is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary with a screening at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles. The film will be screening on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 10:00 pm. Director Cohen and actress Farrell are scheduled to appear in person to discuss the film. From the press release:
Our modern world is full of marvels—but also polluted … Continue reading →
- Jonathan Stryker
Disturbing details about the tragic death of Joan Rivers are beginning to emerge. An unauthorized biopsy of Rivers's throat - reportedly done without the comic's prior consent - was allegedly conducted by her personal physician, who also took a selfie while Rivers was under anesthesia, reports CNN. According to the news station, a source close to Rivers's death investigation claims that a staff member at Manhattan's Yorkville Endoscopy clinic told investigators that a doctor, who has yet to be publicly identified, took a selfie photo in the procedure room while Rivers was under anesthesia. Moreover, the source told CNN that »
- Wade Rouse, @waderouse
Disturbing details about the tragic death of Joan Rivers are beginning to emerge. An unauthorized biopsy of Rivers's throat - reputedly done without the comic's prior consent - was allegedly conducted by her personal physician, who also took a selfie while Rivers was under anesthesia, reports CNN. According to the news station, a source close to Rivers's death investigation claims that a staff member at Manhattan's Yorkville Endoscopy clinic told investigators that a doctor, who has yet to be publicly identified, took a selfie photo in the procedure room while Rivers was under anesthesia. Moreover, the source told CNN that »
- Wade Rouse, @waderouse
More details are emerging in the death of Joan Rivers, which occurred when the 81-year-old went into cardiac arrest during what was supposed to be a routine throat procedure at the Upper East Side’s Yorkville Endoscopy clinic. According to CNN, the comedian’s personal doctor took a selfie in the operating room while Rivers was under anesthesia and also performed a biopsy on her vocal cords without Rivers's prior consent. Yorkville's medical director Lawrence Cohen, who has since been let go from his post, was the one originally performing the endoscopy on Rivers. It is believed Cohen then stepped aside to let Rivers's personal doctor — who was not authorized to practice at the clinic — perform the unauthorized biopsy that ultimately caused her to go into cardiac arrest. The doctor named in these accusations has yet to be identified. »
- Anna Silman
Joan Rivers‘ personal ear, nose, and throat doctor allegedly snapped a selfie with the comedienne while she was under general anesthesia for her throat procedure. Also read: Joan Rivers’ Endoscopy Clinic Denies Performing Dangerous Throat Biopsy According to CNN, a Yorkville Endoscopy staff member told investigators the photograph was taken while Rivers was in the procedure room. The 81-year-old entertainer went to the clinic to undergo a scheduled endoscopy by gastroenterologist and the clinic's medical director Dr. Lawrence Cohen, according to reports. After that procedure, CNN reports Rivers also underwent an unauthorized vocal cord biopsy performed by a physician, who hasn't been identified. »
- Travis Reilly
Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic released a statement on the matter, simply stating that Cohen, who served as medical director of the clinic, “is not currently performing procedures at Yorkville Endoscopy; nor is he currently serving as medical director.”
Rivers suffered complications during what was meant to be a routine surgery at Yorkville Endoscopy, when she went into cardiac arrest. The comedian was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City where she was placed in a medically induced coma. Rivers died on Sept. 4 at the age of 81, and her funeral was held on Sunday, Sept. 7.
New York health officials launched an investigation into Yorkville Endoscopy on Sept. 5 following Rivers’ death and an autopsy was performed, »
Yorkville Endoscopy's medical director has been fired following the throat procedure that led to Joan Rivers' death earlier this month, ABC News confirmed in a tweet on Friday, Sept. 12. "Breaking: Medical director of Yorkville Endoscopy where #JoanRivers went to cardiac arrest is out," the network stated. "He is no longer performing procedures at the clinic." Dr. Lawrence Cohen resigned after being asked to step down and has been on administrative leave since Aug. 28. He is not being accused of wrongdoing, but an investigation is still underway. As [...] »
The gastroenterologist who reportedly performed the late Joan Rivers' endoscopy is no longer performing procedures at the facility.
The gastroenterologist who reportedly performed the late Joan Rivers' endoscopy is no longer performing procedures at Yorkville Endoscopy -- the facility where Rivers went into cardiac arrest – Et can confirm.
"Dr. Cohen is not currently performing procedures at Yorkville Endoscopy; nor is he currently serving as medical director," a spokesperson for Yorkville Endoscopy told Et Friday.
Photos: Joan Rivers' 16 Most Amazing Quotes
According to Wabc, Dr. Lawrence Cohen -- who was the medical director of the facility -- was actually asked to leave Yorkville Endoscopy and has since stepped down. According to the report, sources say that Dr. Cohen allowed a specialist unaffiliated with Yorkville Endoscopy to examine Rivers, even though that doctor was not authorized to practice in the clinic.
Rivers stopped breathing while undergoing an outpatient procedure on her vocal chords on August 28. After »
The doctor who performed the endoscopy on Joan Rivers has been fired by the clinic's board.Sources at Yorkville Endoscopy tell us Dr. Lawrence Cohen stepped down after the board asked him to do so -- however the board isn't directly blaming him for Joan's death.A rep for the clinic confirmed he was ousted from his position as medical director.According to our sources ... the board's issue with Cohen is that he allowed Joan's »
- TMZ Staff
Larry Cohen - I think you'll agree - and his remarkable career as a writer, director and producer is being analyzed in a new feature-length documentary being produced by La-La Land Entertainment and Big And Tall Films.
The project - entitled King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen - is currently in production and I'm allowed to say that I was interviewed for the doc so I could enthusiastically talk about his impact on the horror genre with films like It's Alive and Q - The Winged Serpent.
The post Shooting Underway On King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
From rock operas to Wes Craven to Dazzler, here's some Marvel movies that never quite made it...
Recently, we looked at the DC movies that never got the greenlight. We saw hordes of Superman movies which didn’t make it to screen, along with Batman film ideas and whole hosts of other DC heroes whose movies plummeted out of production (You can read that piece here).
On the other side of the superhero cinema fence, we have the seemingly all-encompassing, game-changing Marvel Cinematic Universe at the height of its powers, the X-Men franchise in rude health and the still-fresh memory of Spider-Man’s hasty reboot. You could be forgiven for thinking that not as many Marvel movies have struggled to get made as their DC counterparts.
However, having delved once more into the ancient scrolls of cinema history (still better known as extensive Googling), we can confirm there’s plenty »
When Bette Davis coined the phrase “Old age is no place for sissies,” she may as well have been describing the plot of “The Expendables 3.” Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, the ensemble film features a cast of mature action vets who aren’t about to trade in their bullets for bifocals just yet. As the third entry in the popular franchise explodes into theaters on August 15, here’s a look at 12 films starring some of the toughest seniors in cinema.
Continuing his late-career reinvention as a post-middle aged action hero, Liam Neeson plays a federal air marshal who receives a series of threatening texts during a transatlantic flight. Trapping the 62-year old star in a confined location proved a wise decision as the modestly-budgeted thriller opened at No. 1 in the U.S. and earned over $200 million worldwide.
Arriving on September 26, this feature adaptation of the »
- Matthew Chernov
Chicago – Some people spend the rest of their lives trying to compensate for slights felt in high school – that social jungle is staged in “Carrie: The Musical.” Based on Stephen King’s novel, the story of Carrie White is presented as an adversarial tale by Bailiwick Chicago at Victory Gardens Theater.
Play Rating: 4.0/5.0
Say the words “Carrie: The Musical” and the first reaction might be a preparation for a campy romp. The Stephen King story is best remembered in the Brian De Palma film of 1976, starring Sissy Spacek. Although the film is serious, the disco-era styles and graphic ending of that version could easily be sent up. But this stage adaptation – in what began as a 1988 straightforward Broadway musical – is more interested in exploring the bullying torture of the main character, and the consequences for her persecutors. This Carrie is serious business about high school rejection, and is brought together »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Never one to hate all remakes equally, I'm quite excited about the Maniac Cop redo. With original trilogy director William Lustig producing and Only God Forgives director Nic Winding Refn also sitting behind-the-scenes, it's hard to cast a cynical eye on the project.
I was happy last week when it was announced that comic writer Ed Brubaker ("Criminal", "Captain America") would pen Matt Cordell's latest adventure. While we wait for the director to be announced at Cannes, Brubaker sat down with Fangoria to talk a little bit more about the new Maniac Cop.
I wrote a lot of drafts. There’s definitely some intentional humor here and there that’s really dark. I think how it’s shot and the sound design is going to be so important to how scary it is or isn’t. And you know, the director that signed on is really amazing, so I’m really psyched. »
- Matt Serafini
Reviewed by Marcey Papandrea, MoreHorror.com
The 90s was an interesting era for the horror genre, there are a large number of gems out there and there are also a lot of lost causes. Something like Body Snatchers sits somewhere in the middle, it isn't a lost cause but it isn't quite a gem either. It is one of those films that didn't quite live up to its potential, but that isn't really easy considering the story has been told before and how do you improve upon or make it different? Well it doesn't improve upon what has come before it, but it does aim to be different and offer up its own take.
Based upon the novel, Body Snatchers takes place at a remote military base in Alabama, where the Malone family have moved to because Steve (Terry Kinney) has scientific research to do there. Strange events start happening »
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