With the recent passing of comedian Joan Rivers, many in Georgia remember the long career of the woman who often pushed the boundaries of propriety and humor, but who nonetheless enjoyed a career that spanned many decades. Rivers died during a routine medical procedure. Her accidental death has sparked a great deal of debate over whether medical malpractice played a causal role.
Rivers had given consent for an endoscopic examination of her throat. However, a biopsy was completed after the endoscopic procedure, and it is uncertain whether Rivers had authorized such a procedure. It is possible that Rivers and her doctor discussed the matter beforehand, or if Rivers gave her consent for a biopsy or any other procedure that the doctor deemed medically necessary.