Attorneys say Joan Rivers’ daughter is “outraged” by findings that errors were made at the Manhattan clinic where the comedian suffered a fatal complication during a medical procedure.
A statement on behalf of Melissa Rivers says she’ll work to ensure the safety of future patients.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has given Yorkville Endoscopy until Jan. 7 to correct deficiencies to avoid losing its Medicare accreditation. A state report released Monday said the clinic “failed to identify deteriorating vital signs and provide timely intervention.”
Rivers, who was 81, died Sept. 4 of brain damage due to lack of oxygen. She had stopped breathing during an endoscopy days earlier.
Premium content for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
Bad luck for Bret
Bret Michaels is back in the hospital again.
TMZ.com reports the Poison lead singer postponed a concert in Champaign, Illinois, last week so he could undergo kidney surgery to correct a problem triggered by his diabetes. He performed Friday in Memphis and Saturday in Knoxville, Tennessee, but the stents started bleeding out while he was on his tour bus , which forced him back to the ER.
Nicki: I’m sorry
Nicki Minaj is apologizing for a video that some feel uses Nazi imagery.
The rapper posted on Twitter on Tuesday that she didn’t create the concept for the lyric video for her song Only. She wrote: “[I] take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I’d never condone Nazism in my art.”
The animated video features a swarm of soldiers with red armbands featuring a logo that has been compared to a swastika. The logo also appears on Minaj’s chest in the clip.
Geri Halliwell is getting hitched.
People.com reports the former Spice Girl, 42, is engaged to Formula 1 racing team boss Christian Horner, 40. She made the announcement via an engagement notice in The Times of London.
Halliwell, mother of 8-year-old daughter Bluebell with ex Sachi Gervasi, and Horner, who has a 1-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, have been dating since early this year, according to People.
Fresh off his entertainer of the year win at the Country Music Association Awards, country star Luke Bryan leads the finalists for the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards.
The awards show will be held Dec. 15 in Nashville, and broadcast live on Fox. The awards are based on statistics and radio airplay charts from November 2013 to Oct. 31, 2014.
Bryan has seven nods, followed by country duo Florida Georgia Line, who are also hosting the awards show, with six. Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert, who is up for three awards, will perform on the show. The breakthrough artist of the year award is the only fan-voted category. Fans can vote on Twitter from Nov. 24 to Dec. 10.
Whoopi on marriage
After three husbands, Whoopi Goldberg is not about to become a wedding planner.
The Oscar-winning actress and moderator for The View has a deal with Hachette Books for a “provocative” take on the “downsides” of marriage, the publisher announced Tuesday. The book is scheduled to come out next September.
Goldberg, who turns 59 this week, had brief marriages to Alvin Martin, David Claessen and Lyle Trachtenberg.