Robin Williams and Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers was pronounced dead at 1:17 p.m. Thursday at a NY hospital. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, made the announcement just moments ago.

Rivers, 81, stopped breathing while undergoing a routine outpatient endoscopy procedure at a NY clinic on August 28. The clinic is now under investigation by NY state health officials. Rivers reportedly experienced laryngospasm (tightening of the larynx) which cut off oxygen to her brain during the outpatient procedure. Doctors don’t know how long her brain was deprived of oxygen.

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Robin Williams and Joan Rivers

Good news for Joan Rivers fans: the 81-year-old comedian is “on the road to recovery,” according to E! News. Rivers suffered respiratory and cardiac arrest during a routine outpatient endoscopy procedure last week. She was placed in a medically induced coma at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY to allow her brain to rest.

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Joan Rivers

Comedian Joan Rivers is reportedly in a medically-induced coma to relieve swelling in her brain after she stopped breathing during a routine endoscopy procedure at an outpatient clinic in NY yesterday.

Rivers, 81, was reportedly undergoing a non-surgical endoscopic procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy clinic when she experienced respiratory and cardiac arrest as a result of a lack of oxygen to her brain.

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