Melissa Rivers Speaks Out About Mother's Death, Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Don't miss the Fox News Reporting special "Beware! Danger at the Doctor" Sunday night at 9:00 ET on Fox News Channel.
In a powerful Fox News Reporting special, Bill Hemmer investigated how medical mistakes have become the third leading cause of death in America.
The special included a compelling sit-down with Melissa Rivers, whose mother, iconic comedian Joan Rivers, died suddenly in September 2014 at age 81 after complications from a minor throat procedure.
Rivers revealed that, "Once all the noise surrounding the death and the funeral and all of that stops, you go, 'Wait a minute. Why?'"
Rivers' family filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Yorkville Endoscopy and the assorted doctors and corporate entities associated with the outpatient clinic.
An investigation revealed substantial violations and the case was settled out of court, with the doctors not disputing the findings.
"I feel that's about as close as I'm going to get to [them] accepting responsibility for their behavior," Rivers said.
She added that following her mother's death, she is advocating for "Joan's Law," proposed legislation that would mean stricter regulation and oversight for clinics.
"Everyone should stop for a second and let's make sure everyone's not only able to walk out of the clinic, but alive coming out of the clinic."
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Watch the Fox News Reporting special "Beware! Danger at the Doctor" Sunday night at 9:00 ET on Fox News Channel.