Joan Rivers Death: Yorkville Endoscopy Medical Director Fired

Joan Rivers
The medical director of Yorkville Endoscopy has been fired following the throat procedure that led to Joan Rivers' cardiac arrest Desiree Navarro/WireImage

Yorkville Endoscopy's medical director has been fired following the throat procedure that led to Joan Rivers' death earlier this month, ABC News confirmed in a tweet on Friday, Sept. 12.

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"BREAKING: Medical director of Yorkville Endoscopy where #JoanRivers went to cardiac arrest is out," the network stated. "He is no longer performing procedures at the clinic."

Dr. Lawrence Cohen resigned after being asked to step down and has been on administrative leave since Aug. 28. He is not being accused of wrongdoing, but an investigation is still underway.

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As previously reported, the comedienne and E! Fashion Police host stopped breathing while undergoing an outpatient procedure on her vocal cords on Aug. 28 and was later pronounced dead at the age of 81 on Sept. 4, at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital. Nearly a week later, the New York Daily News reported that an unplanned throat biopsy led to her untimely death.

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According to the report, Rivers had "a diagnostic procedure [to] see why her voice had gotten raspy." When the doctor found "something" on her vocal cords, however, another doctor — whom she brought along with her — asked if he could perform a biopsy. CNN previously reported that the clinic denied that a biopsy ever took place at the facility.

This story is developing. Find out more about the events leading to Joan's death.

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