Report: NYPD investigating Joan Rivers death

Police source The Hollywood Reporter that the force investigates all such deaths, that are not by "natural causes."

By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
September 7, 2014 17:49
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Joan Rivers

Comedian Joan Rivers. (photo credit: REUTERS)

The New York Police Department is investigating Joan Rivers' death, a police source told The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday.

"Yes, NYPD is investigating," the source told the news outlet. "We investigate all such deaths, meaning not by natural causes," the source said. The source added that despite the fact that the comedian's death might end up being ruled natural by the medical examiner, "when it's not readily apparent, we investigate." 

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The comedian passed away in a New York hospital on Thursday, a week after she stopped breathing during an outpatient procedure at a clinic and suffered cardiac arrest.

The New York City Medical Examiner's Office said on Friday that after an initial examination, further tests were needed to determine the cause of Rivers' death.

Rivers, 81, will have an invitation-only funeral at Temple Emanu-El, a landmark synagogue on New York's Fifth Avenue where she was a member of the congregation.

No details of the service were released, but in her 2012 book "I Hate Everyone ...Starting With Me," the comedy star wrote about wanting her funeral to be a big showbiz affair, complete with actress Meryl Streep crying in different accents.

"I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way."


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