One day after comedy legend Joan Rivers passed away at the age of 81, the Manhattan clinic where she went into cardiac arrest is receiving its fair share of attention as well.
According to new reports, Yorkville Endoscopy is receiving death threats and being investigated by the New York Medical Examiner after last week's tragic incident. While undergoing surgery on her vocal chords at the clinic on Aug. 28, Joan was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital after she stopped breathing.
The practice, located at 93rd St. and 3rd Ave. in Manhattan, has reportedly hired extra security and allowed early dismissal for employees due to safety concerns. One threat allegedly promised, "If Joan dies, so will you."
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As to whether there's any evidence of medical malpractice in Joan's case, a rep for the New York Dept. of Health told Fox News, “The state department of health is investigating the matter...Since it’s an ongoing investigation, I can’t comment on what we’re looking at.” Joan's daughter Melissa Rivers is also rumored to be considering a lawsuit against the clinic.
According to Yorkville's website, their mission "is to serve as a community resource for digestive disorders in a state-of-the-art facility staffed by highly experienced endoscopists with a shared commitment to patient safety."
TMZ was the first to report news of death threats.
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