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Surgeon takes selfie beside unconscious Joan Rivers

Selfie taken seconds before cardiac arrest

A person described as Joan's "personal ear-nose-throat physician" performed a biopsy on Joan's vocal chords just after Dr. Lawrence Cohen completed the first procedure. It seems that is approximately the time that both the selfie and cardiac arrest occurred.

While the doctor has not been publicly identified, Dr. Cohen is no longer with the medical center.

Let's go over what we know, for sure, one more time. A famous comedienne (and 81 years 0ld at that) went in for a procedure and biopsy. While she was unconscious, on the operating table, a staff member says one of the present physicians took a selfie standing by the patient. Shortly thereafter, the patient went into cardiac arrest and stopped breathing. The patient never recovered and died seven days later.

It was sad to hear that Hall of Fame worthy entertainer Joan Rivers had passed. It was just as sad to hear that it was a fairly safe procedure that claimed her. But that the doctor(s) were literally fooling around while she was so vulnerable, is stunning and devastating.

I will just say that I hope swift and severe action is taken should investigators prove the validity of the report. This type of behavior is reprehensible and has no place in our society. I am literally beside myself with rage and shock.

Prayers to Joan's loved ones during this difficult time.

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