The clinic where Joan Rivers was undergoing a procedure prior to her hospitalization and death is now under investigation.
The New York State Health Department told ABC News that it has opened a “full investigation” into Yorkville Endoscopy Center in New York City to determine whether the clinic would be cited for violations.
Investigators have already visited the clinic. “It’s extremely unusual for an investigation to occur this quickly,” said Jeffrey J. Shapiro, a Manhattan medical malpractice attorney.
Rivers had called President Obama “gay” in recent months and described Michelle Obama as a “tranny”, or a transgender. She had also openly supported the ethnic cleansing campaign against Palestinians in Gaza.
The intense publicity surrounding Rivers’ death could also have prompted the probe.
Yorkville Endoscopy was established in 2013 and was inspected by the State Health Department prior to opening. To date, there have been no complaints or violations regarding the facility.
Rivers, 81, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on Aug. 28 after an emergency call reported she was in cardiac arrest at Yorkville Endoscopy.
Rivers had been unconscious and sedated since her arrival at Mount Sinai, but died Thursday.