Source: Joan Rivers' Doc Took Selfie During Surgery

Biopsy led to cardiac arrest, source says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2014 3:11 AM CDT
Updated Sep 17, 2014 6:18 AM CDT
Source: Joan Rivers' Doc Took Selfie During Surgery
Joan Rivers poses as she presents "Comedy Roast With Joan Rivers" in Cannes, France, in 2009.   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

Joan Rivers' personal doctor not only performed an unplanned biopsy during a routine procedure—the ear, nose, and throat specialist snapped a "selfie" with the star while she was unconscious, a source close to the investigation tells CNN. The cardiac arrest that led to her death happened during the unplanned procedure, but neither Rivers' personal doctor nor Yorkville Endoscopy co-owner Dr. Lawrence Cohen have been accused of wrongdoing by state investigators, the source says. The New York City clinic says Cohen, who performed the routine endoscopy on Rivers, is no longer its medical director. Rivers' daughter, Melissa, is considering a lawsuit against the clinic and the doctors involved, Radar reports. (More Yorkville Endoscopy stories.)

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