“Joan Rivers’ personal throat doctor denies ‘performing an unauthorized procedure’ before the comedian suffered cardiac arrest,” a source tells CNN.
The story says the doctor, identified as Dr. Gwen Korovin, “also ‘categorically denies’ taking a selfie photo while Rivers was under anesthesia at a medical clinic, the same source said Thursday,” Sept. 18, 2014.
The article also reports: “Korovin is well known for helping an impressive list of celebrities with voice trouble.” Some of Dr. Korovin’s patients over the years include Hugh Jackman, Nathan Lane, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Luciano Pavarotti, Barbara Cook and Julie Andrews, the story says.
The statements of the source close to Dr. Korovin dispute “what a source close to the Rivers death investigation told CNN — that staff members at the clinic told investigators Korovin snapped the selfie and also performed an unauthorized procedure on Rivers,” the story notes.
Furthermore, the story says that the source close to the investigation “also provided more specific information about what procedures were done on Rivers.
“Several clinic workers told investigators that it began with Korovin performing a laryngoscopy, which involves using a device to view a patient’s vocal folds.
“Gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence Cohen, who was the medical director of the clinic until resigning in the wake of Rivers’ death, then performed an endoscopy intended to diagnose why she was suffering a sore and hoarse throat, the source said.
“Cohen detected something of concern, the source said. Korovin then began a second laryngoscopy to again view Rivers’ vocal cords, the source said. It was at that time that her vocal cords began to swell, leading to a cut-off of oxygen to her lungs and ultimately to cardiac arrest, according to the source.”