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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.

From NY Daily News:

She was surrounded by close family and friends, Melissa Rivers said in a statement.

The “Fashion Police” host, who was staying in a private room at the Mount Sinai Hospital, was dependent on machines to stay alive eight days after going into cardiac and respiratory arrest, sources said.

The 81-year-old star’s room was filled with flowers, and her hair and makeup were done as Melissa Rivers pondered her life-and-death choice.
Melissa made the decision to remove the life support, the source said. Joan Rivers was “being kept comfortable” in her new room after leaving the intensive care unit Wednesday, her daughter said.

State health officials are now probing the Upper East Side clinic where Rivers became unresponsive during an Aug. 28 medical procedure.

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