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Melissa Rivers Files Lawsuit Over Her Mother’s Death

Jan 27, 2015  •  Post A Comment

A malpractice lawsuit against Yorkville Endoscopy surgical center where Joan Rivers was undergoing some procedures before she died, has been filed.

“ ‘Not only did my mother deserve better, every patient deserves better,’ Melissa Rivers said in a statement issued by her lawyers, Jeffrey Bloom and Ben Rubinowitz,” reports The New York Times.

The story adds, “Melissa Rivers’s lawyers said they would seek ‘significant damages,’ which could range in the millions considering that Joan Rivers at 81, was still performing regularly as a comedian.”

The Times story also notes that “Rivers’ private doctor, Gwen Korovin, wanted to send a small instrument into her windpipe to take a second look at her vocal cords, according to [the] malpractice lawsuit filed Monday in State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

“The anesthesiologist [Renuka Bankulla] warned that the cords were extremely swollen, and that they could seize up and Ms. Rivers would not be able to breathe. ‘You’re such a curious cat,’ Dr. Lawrence Cohen, the medical director of the clinic…scolded the anesthesiologist, according to the suit, which was filed by Ms. Rivers’s daughter, Melissa. Dr. Cohen dismissed the anesthesiologist’s concern as ‘paranoid’ and let Dr. Korovin proceed, the suit said, with disastrous results.”


  1. What took her so long?

  2. Not really a long period of time at all. It’s called gathering/establishing the facts which it certainly seems that they have done based on the quotes from the Surgery suite.

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