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Joan Rivers

Medical examiner: Rivers died of low blood oxygen

Joan Rivers died of brain damage from low blood oxygen during a medical procedure to check out voice changes and reflux, the medical examiner's office ruled Thursday.

October 17, 2014 1:00 am
Comedienne Joan Rivers (left) with Show Biz Pal Kaye Ballard in 2013

Comedienne Joan Rivers (left) with Show Biz Pal Kaye Ballard in 2013

Comedienne Joan Rivers (left) with show biz pal Kaye Ballard in 2013. The two have been friends since they met in the 1960s in New York trying to find careers on stage. Italian Ballard, who turns 89 next month, and Jewish Rivers found common family bonds.

October 15, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Joan Rivers and other noted names in new Jewish cookbook

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Joan Rivers and other noted names in new Jewish cookbook

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 15, 2014 12:00 am
Comedienne Joan Rivers with Entertainer Frank Marino on E! "Fashion Police"

Comedienne Joan Rivers with Entertainer Frank Marino on E! "Fashion Police"

Comedienne Joan Rivers with entertainer Frank Marino performing together for one of their last times on television on E! "Fashion Police."

October 09, 2014 12:00 am
Comedienne Joan Rivers Meeting Entertainer Frank Marino for the First Time in Atlantic City in 1983

Comedienne Joan Rivers Meeting Entertainer Frank Marino for the First Time in Atlantic City in 1983

Comedienne Joan Rivers meets entertainer Frank Marino for the first time backstage in 1983 following her performance in Atlantic City.

October 09, 2014 12:00 am
Frank Marino Wearing Versace as Comedinne Joan Rivers with her Prized Pet Tribute to Spike

Frank Marino Wearing Versace as Comedinne Joan Rivers with her Prized Pet Tribute to Spike

Frank Marino dons Versace as comedinne Joan Rivers, complete with his version of her prized pet lapdog Spike.

October 09, 2014 12:00 am
Star stage treatment: Joan Rivers gets special tribute when Frank Marino's 'Divas' returns to Blue Chip Casino

Star stage treatment: Joan Rivers gets special tribute when Frank Marino's 'Divas' returns to Blue Chip Casino

When comedienne Joan Rivers died last month on Sept. 4 at age 81, Las Vegas entertainer Frank Marino was among the famous invited mourners at her funeral in New York City.

October 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Comedienne Joan Rivers with Las Vegas Entertainer Frank Marino

Comedienne Joan Rivers with Las Vegas Entertainer Frank Marino

Comedienne Joan Rivers and Las Vegas entertainer Frank Marino, who has spent the past 30 years impersonating the iconic barbed tongue stage legend, remained close friends in recent decades.

October 09, 2014 12:00 am
Frank Marino as Joan Rivers Meets His Real Mentor in 1992

Frank Marino as Joan Rivers Meets His Real Mentor in 1992

Frank Marino as Joan Rivers meets his real mentor inspiration backstage in 1992.

October 09, 2014 12:00 am
Comedienne Joan Rivers with Las Vegas Entertainer Frank Marino

Comedienne Joan Rivers with Las Vegas Entertainer Frank Marino

Comedienne Joan Rivers and Las Vegas entertainer Frank Marino, who has spent the past 30 years impersonating the iconic barbed tongue stage legend, remained close friends in recent decades.

October 09, 2014 12:00 am
Final Broadcast of Joan Rivers' Fox "Late Show" in May 1987 with Chris Rock, Pee-Wee Herman, Howie Mandel and Wendy O. Williams

Final Broadcast of Joan Rivers' Fox "Late Show" in May 1987 with Chris Rock, Pee-Wee Herman, Howie Mandel and Wendy O. Williams

The final broadcast of Joan Rivers' Fox "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers" on May 15, 1987, included guests, from left, Chris Rock, Pee-Wee Herman, Howie Mandel and rocker Wendy O. Williams.

September 11, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel grateful to Joan Rivers for career push

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel grateful to Joan Rivers for career push

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 11, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: DJ Deadmau5 vs Disney, while stars flock to Rivers' funeral

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: DJ Deadmau5 vs Disney, while stars flock to Rivers' funeral

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 08, 2014 12:00 am
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September 07, 2014 12:00 am
Donna Phelps, of Valparaiso, with Joan Rivers on July 22, 2014 in Chicago

Donna Phelps, of Valparaiso, with Joan Rivers on July 22, 2014 in Chicago

Donna Phelps, of Valparaiso, meets Joan Rivers on July 22 at the Standard Club in Chicago at a party promoting Rivers' new book.

September 05, 2014 2:30 pm
Comedienne Joan Rivers with Star Plaza Theatre President and CEO Charlie Blum in 1995

Comedienne Joan Rivers with Star Plaza Theatre President and CEO Charlie Blum in 1995

Comedienne Joan Rivers with Star Plaza Theatre President and CEO Charlie Blum backstage in the dressing room of the Merrillville stage space in 1995.

September 05, 2014 2:14 pm
Dawn Collins, of Valparaiso (right) with Joan Rivers in Chicago

Dawn Collins, of Valparaiso (right) with Joan Rivers in Chicago

Dawn Collins, of Valparaiso, meets Joan Rivers on July 22 at the Standard Club in Chicago with fellow Valparaiso fan Donna Phelps (not pictured) at a party promoting Rivers' new book.

September 05, 2014 12:00 am
Ann Scamerhorn of Valparaiso (left) with Joan Rivers in 2011

Ann Scamerhorn of Valparaiso (left) with Joan Rivers in 2011

Ann Scamerhorn, of Valparaiso, meets Joan Rivers in 2011 at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa to have the funnylady legend autograph a copy of Rivers' 1985 comedy book.

September 05, 2014 12:00 am
Joan Rivers with Johnny Carson on NBC's "The Tonight Show" in 1986

Joan Rivers with Johnny Carson on NBC's "The Tonight Show" in 1986

Joan Rivers, wearing the same pearls and dress she wore for her first "Tonight" show appearance in 1965, was back in the guest seat opposite mentor Johnny Carson in 1986 to promote her autobiography "Enter Talking," which she dedicated to Carson.

September 04, 2014 10:45 pm
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