The New York Police Department (NYPD) is probing the death of legendary comedienne Joan Rivers, who was 81 at the time of her passing, according to a police source who spoke with The Hollywood Reporter. On Thursday, Joan Rivers died after she was taken off of life support.
Joan Rivers had been going to have a routine surgical procedure done on the vocal cords in her throat at Yorkville Endoscopy the previous week. While undergoing the procedure, Rivers apparently experienced cardiac arrest and she was transported to Manhattan’s Mount Sinai Hospital.
According to the police source who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, the NYPD is investigating the death of Joan Rivers. The source stated that the NYPD conducts investigations into “all such deaths,” that is, they investigate any deaths that are not ones where people die “by natural causes.”
Besides the NYPD probe into the cause of Joan Rivers’ death, the New York City’s Medical Examiner’s office is opening its own investigation into it. Joan Rivers’ autopsy results are “Inconclusive” and are still being kept under wraps until “further studies” are done.
The funeral of Joan Rivers will be on Sunday, September 7, in New York City, at Temple Emanu-El synagogue. According to The Insider (Yahoo) her funeral will even have a red carpet that guests will walk on, which will be buried with Joan Rivers when she gets interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles. Reportedly, it will only be rolled out for certain celebrities.
Joan Rivers, who starred in the Fashion Police cable TV series and the reality TV program Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, has always stated that she wanted to have a huge, Hollywood-style funeral. She wrote about some of the details she wanted included in her eventual funeral in her 2012 book, I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me.
Among other stipulations, Joan Rivers wrote that she wanted “paparazzi” there with their cameras flashing. She also wrote that she wanted her toe tag to be designed “by Harry Winston” and she wanted to have a wind machine there, so that even in death “my hair is blowing just like Beyonce’s.”
According to Melissa Rivers, the daughter of Joan Rivers, her mother’s “greatest joy in life was to make people laugh.” She added that she believed that her mother’s “final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”
The New York Police Department probe into the death of Joan Rivers is barely underway, though so far, no one has been named as being specifically targeted in the investigation. Joan Rivers, whose birth name was Joan Alexandra Molinsky, was a comedy pioneer, appearing on TV in 1965 on The Tonight Show with the late Johnny Carson as the host. She had a self-deprecating style of comedy, poking fun at herself, as well as celebrities, through the decades of her extensive career. She won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host when she hosted her TV series The Joan Rivers Show. It ran on television from 1989 to 1993. Also, among her many other accomplishments, Joan Rivers wrote 12 best-selling humor and memoir books.
Written By Douglas Cobb