N.Y. State Probes Manhattan Clinic That Treated Rivers

The New York State Department of Health is investigating the death of comedian Joan Rivers, according to two people with knowledge of the inquiry.

Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan, the clinic that performed surgery on Rivers before she was admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital where she died today, has already been visited by state investigators, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the investigation is still open.

Rivers, 81, was admitted to Mount Sinai on Aug. 28 after going into cardiac arrest during a throat procedure.

“Joan Rivers was an iconic New Yorker whose wit and humor will always be remembered,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said today in an e-mailed statement.

A call to Yorkville Endoscopy wasn’t immediately returned. The surgery center was established in 2013 and was inspected by the state before opening. Until now, it has had no complaints or violations, one of the people said.

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