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Joan Rivers' doctor reportedly took a selfie while comedienne was under anesthesia

New information has been released about the investigation into Joan Rivers' death. The doctor performing the procedure reportedly took a selfie while Rivers was under anesthesia.

By Heather Records
Joan Rivers interviews people outside at the Spring 2014 collections of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in New York City on September 5, 2013. UPI/John Angelillo | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/fb800a2721c48fd414d66ba25e53945c/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Joan Rivers interviews people outside at the Spring 2014 collections of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in New York City on September 5, 2013. UPI/John Angelillo | License Photo

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Staff members at the clinic where Joan Rivers had a routine endoscopy scheduled have reportedly told investigators her personal doctor took a selfie while the comedienne was under anesthesia.

The investigation has also revealed it was her personal doctor who was performing a biopsy on her vocals cords when Rivers went into cardiac arrest.

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The 81-year-old Rivers was at Yorkville Endoscopy clinic for an endoscopy by another doctor, gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence Cohen.

After the Cohen -- the clinic's director -- performed the endoscopy a biopsy was reportedly performed, without the comedienne's prior consent.

Investigators now believe it was during the biopsy Rivers' vocal cords began swelling, cutting off oxygen to her lungs -- causing the cardiac arrest.

Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital where she died a week later.

Dr. Cohen is no longer at the clinic where the endoscopy was performed.

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