Melissa Rivers responds to the omission of Joan Rivers from the Oscars In Memorium segment via a post on Joan River’s Facebook page.
Melissa inherits $75 million in cash and a $35 million condo in New York’s Upper East Side from her late mother Joan’s estate. Source:
It’s no consolation for losing her mother so soon.
An investigation by the New York City office of the Chief Medical Examiner reveals that Rivers died due to lack of oxygen to the brain resulting in brain damage. The Medical Examiner’s office considers the manner of death “a predictable complication of medical therapy”. Melissa:
We continue to be saddened by our tragic loss and grateful for the enormous outpouring of love and support from around the world. We have no further comment at this time.
Melissa Rivers is expected to file a lawsuit against Dr. Gwen Korovin, the doctor who performed the unscheduled biopsy during which Joan suffered cardiac arrest. Korovin continues to practice medicine. A friend of Melissa’s:
It’s very difficult to discuss something so unpleasant with her, but she is going to launch a lawsuit.
Melissa speaks for the first time since her mother’s funeral by posting a message on Whosay.com:
As my son Cooper and I mourn the loss of my mother, we want to thank everyone for the beautiful cards and flowers conveying heartfelt messages and condolences, which continue to arrive from around the world and through social media. My mother would have been overwhelmed by the scope and depth of the love that people have expressed for her. It is certainly helping to lift our spirits during this time.
We are forever grateful for your kindness and support in continuing to honor my mother’s legacy, and for remembering the joy and laughter that she brought to so many.
Melissa Rivers delivers a final farewell to her mother, Rivers one day before her funeral. Melissa and her son Cooper trail Rivers hearse outside the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home before the coffin is taken to a New Jersey crematorium.
Us Weekly reports there will be a crimson carpet for guests to walk before paying their final respects to Rivers during her Sunday funeral. The carpeting outside the Temple Emanu-El on the East Side will be buried with Rivers. Rivers is known for making fashion critiques of celebrities on red carpet Hollywood events.
Melissa Rivers spent 90 minutes inside the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home on Friday working on the final arrangements. When asked how she is doing:
I’m all right.
Rivers remains in serious condition and on life support. Melissa Rivers:
On behalf of my mother and our family, we are extremely grateful for all the love and support we’ve received. At this time she does remain on life support. I know my mother would be overwhelmed by the continued outpouring of kindness and I want to thank everyone for keeping us in their prayers.
It will take until Tuesday (Sept 2) to bring Rivers out of a medically induced coma. Melissa Rivers is considering suing the clinic due to possible lost motor skills that her mother will face. Source:
There is real concern that the part of the brain that controls motor skills may have been compromised, leaving her as either a vegetable or in a wheelchair.
Rivers is on life support at a Manhattan hospital. Rivers’ daughter Melissa Rivers, other family and friends are with her. Sources say of Melissa Rivers:
She still thinks everything is going to be OK. She is refusing to admit that a world might exist without her mother in it.
Rivers is in a medically-induced coma at St. Sinai Hospital in New York. Melissa Rivers:
Mom is resting comfortably.
Rivers is hospitalized after she stops breathing during throat surgery at Yorkville Endoscopy clinic on East 93rd Street, New York. She is rushed to Mount Sinai hospital after a 911 caller reports somebody in either cardiac or respiratory arrest. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers is by her side. Hospital spokesman Sid Dinsay:
This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to. Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support. We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available.
Williams interviews Joan and Melissa Rivers during an episode of The Wendy Williams Show and asks them questions about their family, the latest season of her show Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best, and why Joan kissed a woman. Joan:
You know why not try everything maybe at this age. A lot of my friends are gay and I thought lets see what happens. Also if I was with a woman I suddenly figured out I could double my wardrobe immediately.
It’s like unbelievable, how do you think I felt? I mean what am I going to do? First of all I find out after the fact and then its like, oh what do you say? I don’t want two moms and then Cooper, I’ve got to explain enough to that poor child. I have to go deal with this. They already think I’m crazy at the school.
Melissa Warburg Rosenberg is born in Manhattan. She is the only child to Rosenberg and Joan Rivers. She takes her Mom’s stage name “Rivers” in 1990.