81 years is a long time. Joan died today. There will be an investigation into her death. Either something went very wrong during her outpatient procedure last week, or, her time was up, and the fact that she was in a doctor’s office had nothing to do with it.
We’ll find out in time.
It’s hard to recover from cardiac arrest. Even if your heart stops for a minute or more, your brain isn’t getting oxygen, and that has permanent ramifications. My gut tells me the doctors told Joan’s daughter Melissa that her mom could stay hooked up to machines and “live” as long as they were plugged in, or, they could unplug the machines and see if she keeps going on her own. Melissa knows her mom better than anyone and she knew Joan would hate being a vegetable. She probably unhooked the life support hoping for the best knowing there wasn’t a lot of hope for real recovery.
There will never be another like Joan Rivers.