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Melissa Rivers files lawsuit against clinic alleging ‘medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior’

Melissa Rivers has filed a lawsuit against the New York City endoscopy clinic where her mother, legendary comic Joan Rivers, stopped breathing during a routine medical procedure.

Rivers, 81, never regained consciousness and died last September 4. She had been in good health and performed a comedy show the night before she went in for the procedure.

The daughter made some scathing remarks about Yorkville Endoscopy in a statement about the lawsuit.

‘The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible,’ Rivers said in a statement to the Associated Press.

She also said: ‘What ultimately guided me (in filing suit) was my unwavering belief that no family should ever have to go through what my mother, (son) Cooper and I have been through.’

The lawsuit accuses doctors of mishandling the endoscopy Rivers had gone in for and did not have permission to perform a laryngoscopy on her vocal cords. It accuses the doctor of leaving the operating room to avoid being caught.

Melissa’s attorneys Jeffrey Bloom and Ben Rubinowitz said in a statement: ‘To put it mildly, we are not just disappointed by the acts and omissions leading to the death of Joan Rivers, but we are outraged by the lack of care and concern for Ms. Rivers on the part of her treating physicians and the endoscopy center where the treatment was rendered.’

At the time of her death, Rivers had been on a career high as host of the weekly hit show Fashion Police, host of the online show In Bed With Joan, author of the best seller Diary of a Mad Diva and co-star, with her daughter, of the reality series Joan Knows Best.

She also was still selling her hugely successful collection of jewelry and clothing on QVC and was working with Andy Cohen on a comedy pilot.

Even at 81, it seemed she was gone too soon.



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  1. I sincerely hope that Melissa wins.

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