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Joan Rivers' cause of death was a 'therapeutic complication'

By Aileen Graef
Joan Rivers' cause of death was a 'therapeutic complication'
Joan Rivers died from a "predictable complication of medical therapy" according to the report from the medical examiner. (File/UPI/John Angelillo) | License Photo

NEW YORK, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Joan Rivers' cause of death was revealed Thursday to be a "predictable complication of medical therapy" in the medical examiner's report.

The report indicated it was an accepted complication of the surgery.

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"The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy," said the Chief Medical Examiner's office in the report.

The complication caused a loss of oxygen that led to brain damage and eventually death.

Joan's daughter, Melissa Rivers, is reportedly planning to sue the clinic for her mother's death. She has not commented on the release of the medical report.

"We continue to be saddened by our tragic loss and grateful for the enormous outpouring of love and support from around the world. We have no further comment at this time," Melissa told ABC News.

Rivers died on Sept. 4 after going into cardiac arrest following a procedure to diagnose changes in her voice and acid reflux.

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