Medical malpractice lawsuit in Joan Rivers’ death settled

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NEW YORK — Melissa Rivers has settled a medical malpractice lawsuit she filed against a New York clinic where her mother, comedian Joan Rivers, had an endoscopy and later died.

The case was filed in January 2015. Melissa Rivers’ attorneys confirmed Thursday it had been settled.

Rivers says the settlement will ensure those to blame for her mother’s death “have accepted responsibility for their actions.”

Joan Rivers died in September 2014 at age 81. A medical examiner found she died of brain damage due to lack of oxygen after she stopped breathing during an endoscopy days earlier.

Melissa Rivers’ attorneys won’t reveal the terms of the settlement. They say they want people to focus on Joan Rivers’ legacy.

The Yorkville Endoscopy clinic hasn’t responded to a request for comment.

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