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Melissa Rivers Tribute Book to Her Mother Will Be Released in May

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When Joan Rivers died unexpectedly and under suspicious circumstances in September, everyone wondered how her daughter Melissa Rivers would cope. She has spent most of her time out of the spotlight, and while Melissa has decided to move forward with a huge malpractice suit, she has also decided to do something productive. Joan was an iconic comedienne with millions of fans, so her daughter has decided to put together a tribute book filled with stories intended to make readers laugh that will be released in May.READ MORE

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Melissa Rivers Slams Yorkville Clinic and 'Groupie' Doctors with Lawsuit Over Joan Rivers's Death

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Well, we knew this was inevitable, and now it has happened. Melissa Rivers has finally, officially filed a malpractice lawsuit against the Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic and everyone who played a part in her mother Joan Rivers's untimely death last September, according to Fox Business. In the suit, lawyers for Melissa claim that each staff member acted more like a groupie doctors than a bunch of caregivers, and when it was clear there was an emergency, Joan's personal doctor left the room in an attempt to distance herself from the mistakes that had been made.READ MORE

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Melissa Rivers's Biggest Holiday Wish Is for Her Son to Laugh Again

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These last four months have no doubt been at times unbearable for Melissa Rivers and her son Cooper. The untimely death of Joan Rivers in early September has been a devastating blow for the tight-knit family, and while Melissa is starting to step out in public again, that does not mean things are back to normal either for her or Cooper. TMZ caught up with the late comedienne's daughter last week and asked her about her holiday wish, and Melissa said her fondest Christmas wish would be for her son to begin laughing again. While she said she believes 2015 will have great things in store for them, it seems it may be awhile before they are feeling somewhat back to normal. Even if Melissa and Cooper have adjusted to not having Joan as a prominent part of their daily lives, there is still a legal battle ahead. It seems many mistakes were made by the staff of the Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic, from administering too much propofol to Joan to ignoring the fact that her vitals had dropped for an extended period of time, and Melissa has every intention of holding them accountable.READ MORE

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Kelly Osbourne Is Furious that Kathy Griffin Is Replacing Joan Rivers on 'Fashion Police'

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Kelly Osbourne was not exactly best friends with Joan Rivers — in fact, the two actually clashed quite a bit — but that does not mean Osbourne did not have respect for her "Fashion Police" costar. In fact, when she found out that Melissa Rivers has handpicked Kathy Griffin to replace Joan on "Fashion Police," Osbourne made her dissatisfaction abundantly clear to everyone within earshot. According to a report by Radar Online, Osbourne also flipped when she found out what Griffin's starting salary on the show will be. Apparently, it is considerably more than what Osbourne started out with, and that is just one more reason for her to be ticked off. It is not like Griffin and Osbourne have ever seen eye to eye anyway, but these issues are only adding fuel to the fire.READ MORE

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Melissa Rivers Emerges from Mourning Her Mothers' Death and Appears to Have Had Some Work Done on Her Face

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In the three months since Joan Rivers untimely death, her daughter, Melissa Rivers has barely been seen in public. The 46-year old mother of one was absolutely gutted by the loss of her mother and while she has tried to put one foot in front of the other, her social media accounts reflect the fact that she is still buried in grief. Melissa did step out on Friday to attend the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards in Vegas and it was kind of hard to ignore the fact that she looks different.READ MORE

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Joan Rivers's Doctors Waited 14 Minutes As Her Vitals Crashed Before Calling 911

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Slowly but surely, as time goes on we are learning more about the simple endoscopic procedure that ultimately resulted in the death of Joan Rivers in September. In late August, the comedienne checked into the Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic in Manhattan to have a simple, routine procedure done. As pieces of the puzzle have been put together, it now seems that not only was Rivers given far too much Propofol to sedate her, but that her doctors continued to scope her even when her vitals dropped to dangerous levels. According to a new report by Page Six, workers at Yorkville waited for 14 whole minutes before calling 911 after she went into shock. Rather than stopping their procedure, Drs. Lawrence Cohen and Gwen Korovin continued to scope Rivers's larynx rather than begin to administer CPR. When they reportedly did begin trying to resuscitate Rivers, they wasted 10 minutes in failed attempts before calling in additional help. All of these little details are no doubt devastating to Rivers's daughter Melissa Rivers. They will also only help to bolster the malpractice lawsuit that she already has hired a bulldog law firm putting together. Rivers may have been in her 80s, but it has become painfully clear that her death was unnecessary at this particular point in time.READ MORE

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Melissa Rivers is Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner in Honor of Her Mother in NYC

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Melissa Rivers has been working hard to move on from the untimely death of her beloved mother, Joan Rivers, back in September. We now know that the circumstances surrounding the comedienne's death were likely due to mistakes made by the healthcare professionals that she was trusting, and that Melissa has already hired a bulldog law firm to insist on some level of legal accountability. This is one of Melissa's top priorities right now but she also realizes that life must go on so she's going to celebrate Thanksgiving exactly as Joan would have.READ MORE

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New York Health Department Believes Yorkville Clinic Broke Protocol Before Giving Joan Rivers a Double Dose of Propofol to Sedate Her

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It sounds like New York's Department of Health and Human Services has just made Melissa Rivers's malpractice suit a whole lot easier. As we recently told you, Melissa has hired a high-powered Manhattan law firm to represent her on behalf of Joan Rivers's estate. Page Six said Joan checked herself into the Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic Aug. 28 for what was intended to be an exploitative procedure and went into cardiac arrest while sedated with Propofol. According to the agency, the clinic screwed up by not dosing Joan properly. Propofol's dosage is dependent upon a patient's weight and, apparently, Yorkville never bothered to weigh Joan. According to an explosive report by TMZ, a staff member told the New York agency that they made a mistake while inputting the proper dosage into the computer and that Joan was given double the dosage of what is safe for a woman of her size. Not only did they screw up the medication, but the report also alleges that if Joan had been as closely monitored as a patient under Propofol is supposed to be, then staffers would have realized she was starting to die right in front of them! Instead, by the time the two doctors and team of nurses in the room realized what was happening, she was already in full cardiac arrest.READ MORE

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Melissa Rivers Hires Powerhouse Law Firm to File Multimillion-Dollar Wrongful Death Suit on Behalf of Joan Rivers Estate

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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.READ MORE

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Melissa Rivers Reportedly Will Sue Yorkville Clinic in Order to Find Out What Actually Caused Joan Rivers's Death

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It has been nearly two months since Joan Rivers walked into the Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic for a routine procedure and never recovered. While the comedienne was 81 at the time of her death, she was thought to be in good shape, making her death an untimely one. Unfortunately, Melissa Rivers opted not to have an autopsy done on her mother, so even after Joan's death was ruled a complication connected to the surgery, that is not actually telling Melissa what really happened to her mother. In order to get to the bottom of things, Melissa has reportedly decided to sue the Yorkville clinic and the doctors who cared for Joan.READ MORE

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Joan Rivers Never Autopsied, Circumstances Surrounding Death May Never Be Known Making Malpractice Suit Shaky

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About 6 weeks after Joan Rivers' death we are now hearing that the true cause of the comedienne's passing may never be known. At the time of Rivers' unexpected medical crisis her daughter, Melissa Rivers was reportedly extremely upset and ultimately decided against having an autopsy done on her mother. In the state of New York if foul play is not suspected then the families' wish of no autopsy is honored. In this instance there was no autopsy performed and so pin pointing the exact cause of death may never be possible.READ MORE

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Lack of Oxygen to Brain Caused Joan Rivers's Unexpected Death; Malpractice Still Potential Issue

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After weeks of speculation, the cause of Joan Rivers's unexpected death Sept. 4 is finally known: a lack of oxygen to the brain. Rivers had checked herself into the Yorkville Clinic in New York City for an endoscopic procedure Aug. 28 when things went wrong, and malpractice is still a potential issue. Now the New York Chief Medical Examiner's Office has finally announced its findings in a report today.READ MORE

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Melissa Rivers to Sue Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic Over Joan Rivers's Botched Biopsy That Led to Cardiac Arrest

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Melissa Rivers deciding to file a malpractice lawsuit against the Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic was probably inevitable, given the facts that have been learned. Joan Rivers was admitted to the facility for a routine endoscopy on her throat and she never regained consciousness after being put under sedation and suffering cardiac arrest. Joan Rivers had never signed off on any paperwork authorizing a biopsy should the doctor's have found anything while she was unconscious, and the fact is that Dr. Gwen Korovin opted to perform one anyway.READ MORE

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Joan Rivers's Doctors Gwen Korovin, Lawrence Cohen Lawyer Up as Investigators Set Out to Determine if Criminal Medical Malpractice Occured

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Even while Joan Rivers was still comatose in a New York City hospital, her daughter Melissa Rivers was reportedly talking about malpractice being the reason for her condition.READ MORE

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Kathy Griffin Thought to Be Front-runner to Replace Joan Rivers on 'Fashion Police'

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Now that Hollywood has come to terms with the unexpected death of Joan Rivers, it is back to business and one huge decision was what to do about Fashion Police, the E! show that featured the comedienne.READ MORE

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