Joan Rivers' Daughter Outraged by Medical Mistakes That Led to Death

Melissa Rivers says she'll work to ensure the safety of Manhattan clinic future patients.

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Flowers are placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star for Joan Rivers in Hollywood, California on September 4, 2014, following news of the comedian's death in New York at the age of 81. Credit: AFP
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Attorneys say Joan Rivers' daughter is "outraged" by findings that errors were made at a Manhattan clinic where the comedian suffered a fatal complication during a medical procedure. A statement on behalf of Melissa Rivers says she'll work to ensure the safety of future patients.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services has given Yorkville Endoscopy until January 7 to correct deficiencies to avoid losing Medicare accreditation.

A state report released Monday said the clinic "failed to identify deteriorating vital signs and provide timely intervention."

Rivers, who was 81, died September 4 of brain damage due to lack of oxygen. She'd stopped breathing during an endoscopy days earlier.

The clinic said it has submitted a plan to state and federal accreditation agencies addressing all issues raised. It said the physicians involved no longer provide services there.

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