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Joan Rivers’ Autopsy Inconclusive; Throat Surgery Drugs Eyed

Joan Rivers’ cause of death could not be immediately determine by an autopsy, according to results released today by the New York City medical examiner’s office. But drugs used for her throat surgery may have played a role. Rivers, 81, went into cardiac and respiratory arrest while undergoing minor surgery on her vocal chords at an outpatient clinic. Prior to that she exhibited no signs of ill health....

Joan Rivers’ Fate Hangs on Decision to Remove Life Support This Week

Joan Rivers daughter Melissa Rivers continues to hold out hope her mother will regain consciousness after suffering cardiac arrest, but the quality of her life is likely to be poor and perhaps even vegetative if she recovers. The 81-year-old comedian would likely be wheelchair bound and may have great difficulty speaking and even feeding herself, according to medical references. Rivers was brought out of a medically induced coma Aug. 31, but has not regained consciousness and is only breathing with the help of a life support....

Joan Rivers Induced Coma a ‘Last Ditch’ Therapy; Mortality Rate High

Joan Rivers is expected to undergo further medical treatment over the weekend that may include efforts to bring her out of a medically induced coma. But the prognosis is poor for someone her age, and the survival rate overall is not encouraging, according to an examination of several studies. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, West Virginia miner Randal McCloy Jr. and Mexican boxer Ruben Contreras, all were put in a medically induced comas following a brain injury wih varying degrees of success. ...

Joan Rivers Hospitalized After Surgery Mishap; Condition Stable

Joan Rivers was admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City this morning (Aug. 28.) after she reportedly stopped breathing during surgery, according to reports. Rivers, 81, was listed in critical condition, according to CNN, and may have suffered cardiac arrest. Her condition has since been upgraded to “stable,” the hospital said this afternoon. Daughter Melissa Rivers was said to be on her way to the hospital. ...

Sandy Delivers One-Two Punch; High Winds, Pounding Rain

Hurricane Sandy is already causing major disruption in New York City area, even though it is still hours away from delivering the full one-two punch of pounding rain and high winds. Here’s the latest roundup. Fire Island and coastal areas of Long Island are being hard hit. Much of Fire Island has been flooded by 18 inches of water, or more. New York City’s Battery Park has also begun flooding....