The doctor performing a biopsy on Joan Rivers’ vocal cords stopped to take a selfie in the procedure room while the comedian was under anesthesia and just moments before she went into cardiac arrest, a shocking new report claims. The physician hasn’t been publicly identified, but is believed to be Rivers’ personal ear-nose-throat doctor.
A member of staff at Manhattan’s Yorkville Endoscopy clinic told investigators about the physician’s questionable behavior, a source close to the death investigation told CNN. Rivers, 81, had checked in for a routine throat procedure at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic in Manhattan on August 28, when her condition took a shocking turn for the worse.
First the clinic’s medical director Dr. Lawrence Cohen carried out a scheduled endoscopy. The procedure was intended to help diagnose her hoarse voice and sore throat and it involved the insertion of a camera down her throat.
After Cohen had finished his work, a biopsy was allegedly done on Rivers without her prior consent.