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Rivers’ clinic under investigation

The clinic that conducted the operation which left Joan Rivers on life support is being investigated by the New York State Health Department.

The 81-year-old comedienne was hospitalised a week ago after reportedly going into cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure on her throat.

She is now on life support after being placed in a medically induced coma.

A spokesperson for the New York State Health Department revealed on Thursday that the clinic on the Upper East Side of Manhattan is now under investigation.

While he didn’t go into specifics, spokesman James O’Hare did reveal the department is looking into “the whole matter”.

News of the investigation comes after Joan’s daughter Melissa revealed that the Fashion Police! star had been moved from intensive care to a private room at Mount-Sinai Hospital.

However, Melissa made no indication as to whether or not her mother’s condition has improved.

"My mother has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable. Thank you for your continued support,” she told ABC News.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that E! has placed their hit show Fashion Police on a two-week hiatus while Joan battles for her life.

The network said in a statement that the show is taking a break “as we await Joan and Melissa's return in front and behind the camera”.

In addition to co-hosting with her mother, Melissa serves as executive producer on the show.

Sources revealed to the New York Daily News doctors are currently attempting to lift Joan from a medically induced coma.

As she finds consciousness again from the deep sleep, it is claimed physicians were to do experiments on the extent of brain damage she may have received.

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