Melissa Rivers is speaking out on the eight-month anniversary of her mother, Joan Rivers’, death.
Earlier this morning, May 4, the 47-year-old went on the ‘Today’ show to share her opinion on her mom’s untimely death on Sept. 4.
Today marks eight months since Joan’s tragic passing. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“In my opinion, it was 100 percent preventable,” she said. “How about paying attention to the vital signs? How about having a properly equipped crash cart?”
Earlier this year, Melissa sued the NYC clinic where her mother was undergoing a routine operation shortly before her death.
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The funny lady was scheduled to receive a regular procedure at an outpatient facility, Yorkville Endoscopy, on Aug. 28. She experienced serious complications and stopped breathing while under the knife. She was resuscitated shortly before being taken to the hospital where she was put on life support.
She passed away after spending days in a medically induced coma.
Melissa admits that her mother spoiled her only child, son Cooper, 14. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Melissa has since accused the facility of malpractice, saying her mother was a victim of “medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior” at the hands of the doctor.
And while her mother’s death obviously had a lasting impact on her family, she says it also greatly impacted the future of ‘Fashion Police’ (since Joan’s passing, Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin, the comedienne’s “replacement,” have left the show).
Melissa gave her opinion on why ‘Fashion Police’ crumbled after Joan’s death. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“The only way I can really get my head around it is the matriarch of the family died. And the family fell apart,” she explained.
“And the sisters started fighting. And everybody mourns and grieves differently. And then someone tried to marry into the family. And we know how that went. That’s the only way I can explain what happened.”
Melissa also responded to her mom’s critics, who called the late comedian “mean-spirited.” Check out what she has to say in the video below: