All of that speculation about Melissa Rivers filing a wrongful death lawsuit has now become reality, as it was announced that Joan Rivers's daughter has retained the Manhattan powerhouse law firm of Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Maloof, Bloom and Rubinowitz. This comes as simply the first step in filing a multimillion-dollar wrongful death suit against the Yorkville Clinic, where Joan's routine endoscopic procedure resulted in a coma the comedienne never came out of. It is possible a formal suit could be filed as early as today in New York City.

The law firm's managing partner, Ben Rubinowitz, issued a statement confirming that Rivers has indeed hired them.

"In order to fully determine all the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Joan Rivers, we confirm that our firm has been engaged by Melissa Rivers and her family," said Rubinowitz before declining any further comment.

It is also expected that the doctors who were in the procedure room with Joan Rivers will also be named in this suit along with the clinic.

Joan Rivers's will has yet to be filed in a Manhattan court, but her daughter is expected to be named as executor of her estate. As executor, Melissa would have the power to file suit on behalf of her mother's estate. It was only a matter of time before Melissa would take this step.

As we previously told you, she opted not to have an autopsy done on her mother, which means there is still mystery regarding what really went wrong. People have been able to connect the dots, but without positive medical proof, it still all remains speculation. That is one of the biggest reasons why Melissa Rivers wants to sue — so that those who cared for Joan Rivers will have to sit for a deposition.

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