WASHINGTON, September 4, 2014 — UPDATE: Melissa Rivers, daughter of comedienne Joan Rivers, announced Wednesday afternoon that her mother has died.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” Melissa Rivers said in a written statement today. “She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.”
Melissa Rivers and her son, Cooper “have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”
Yorkville Endoscopy, where the 81-year-old comedian went for a minor procedure on Aug. 28, has attracted the attention of state health officials and is now being investigated by New York Department of Health Officials who are looking into what went wrong.
“The state department of health is investigating the matter,” a Department of Health official told us. “It’s a full investigation of the matter … Since it’s an ongoing investigation I can’t comment on what we’re looking at.”
Rivers was rushed from the clinic located at 201 E. 93rd Street by emergency medical personally when she stopped breathing during a procedure on her vocal cords.
Filming on “Fashion Police,” Rivers’ show on the E!TV network has been suspended, including cancellation of its broadcast from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City.