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Report: Doctor took selfie with Joan Rivers during throat procedure

Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a throat procedure on Aug. 28 and died on Sept. 4.
Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a throat procedure on Aug. 28 and died on Sept. 4. Associated Press

CNN reports that a doctor took a selfie with Joan Rivers while she was under anesthesia and moments before she went into cardiac arrest on Aug. 28.

The doctor was reportedly the 81-year-old Rivers’ personal ear, nose and throat physician. A source close to the investigation into the cause of the comedian’s death told CNN she went into cardiac arrest as the ENT began a biopsy on her vocal cords.

A source told the New York Daily News that the biopsy was unplanned.

Rivers was at the clinic to have an endoscopy performed by gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence Cohen, who has been let go by the clinic.

The biopsy by the second, unnamed physician, began without Rivers’ consent, CNN reports.

A staff member reportedly told investigators that the ENT snapped a selfie with his famous patient in the procedure room.

The clinic issued a statement last week denying reports that a biopsy had been performed that day. Rivers died a week later at Mount Sinai hospital.

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